Former Executive Seeks Dismissal of Retaliatory Claim Brought by Canadian National Railway Company

MEMPHIS - A motion to dismiss has been filed against Canadian National Railway Company (CN), after that company and its subsidiaries brought a complaint against Tracy Miller, demanding a seven-figure monetary penalty from the former CN executive.

The motion to dismiss was brought by Nashville-based Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings (BS&J) on Miller's behalf, and was filed April 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee at Memphis.

The CN suit comes on the heels of a March 2019 racial discrimination complaint filed by Miller against his former employer. (https://www.bsjfirm.com/Fifth-Lawsuit-Filed-Against-Montreal-Based-Canadian-National-Railway-Co-for-Alleged-Racial-Discrimination-Retaliation.shtml)

Miller's discrimination complaint has now been amended to include the claim of retaliation.

"CN's counterclaim bears no merit," said Joe P. Leniski Jr., attorney with BS&J. "The defendants fail to allege that Mr. Miller engaged in any conduct that breached the covenants described. In addition, they do not state a fraudulent claim for which relief can be granted, nor is there an equitable claim for unjust enrichment. As we've previously stated, this is a case in which a multi-billion-dollar corporation is targeting Mr. Miller for bringing his discrimination complaint, and is requesting unreasonable damages as 'repayment' for legitimately earned wages over the course of his career."

Miller seeks dismissal of the countersuit on the grounds that CN and its subsidiaries lack subject matter jurisdiction, and that they have failed to state claims for breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment.

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