“We anticipate seeking justice for Mr. Tate.”
That is the bottom line from attorney Chris Chestnut regarding his client, wrongfully dismissed security guard Kenneth Tate.
Tate was a security guard at the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention back on September 16 when President Obama visited the agency’s Atlanta headquarters. During the visit, Tate was charged with being part of an escort that moved with the President during his visit. What was part of his job because unfair ground for dismissal for Tate at the conclusion of the President’s visit.
Tate says that his job was to move with the President in the building. His employers say that he was only to stay in the elevator while the President visited two different floors at the CDC headquarters. Controversy also erupted because Tate was in possession of his firearm while on the elevator with the President, but his employer issued him his weapon as usual on the morning of the Presidential visit.
“He should never have lost his job for doing what he was supposed to do,” says the man behind the Chestnut Law Firm, which works with clients in a variety of civil cases across the country.
Additionally, Tate was also unfairly maligned by the Washington Post, who reported that he was a convicted felon. This incorrect reporting was ultimately corrected by the Associated Press.
While no specific legal action has been taken against Tate’s employer, PSC, or the Centers for Disease Control, Christopher Chestnut lawyer says that may be a possibility in the future.