State Inspector Fired After Groping, Sexually Harassing Doggy Daycare Owner

CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports, a State of Illinois inspector, who was caught on camera groping the owner of a doggy daycare business, has been fired.

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- The state finally takes action days after the CBS 2 Investigators exposed a state inspector groping a woman at a doggie daycare. CBS 2 Investigator, Megan Hickey, broke the story and joins us live with the news that he's just been fired. Megan.

MEGAN HICKEY: Right, Charlie. A Department of Agriculture spokesperson confirmed today Jose Guillen is no longer employed by the department just one week after our exclusive investigation aired. Leah Bindig's doggie day care business and her livelihood depend on her annual inspections with the state. She had two encounters with inspector Jose Guillen. One in 2018 and one in 2019.

The 2019 inspection by chance was captured on her store's surveillance cameras. Video shows Guillen and touching Bindig's arms, shoulders, the small of her back, and even her rear end at one point. Bindig's says Guillen repeatedly asked for a hug, asked if she was single and asked for a picture of her in a bikini before signing off on her inspection.

LEAH BINDIG: He's holding the clipboard as he's hugging me and it's not signed off yet that we passed. And then, so what do I do? What do I do? Tell him to stop?

DAN LYNCH: I think the presence of, you know, Channel 2 can't help but move that process forward. Media accountability is extremely important in this process.

MEGAN HICKEY: Now, Guillen is now the subject of a federal lawsuit and a CPD investigation. We should note that after our story aired, several female dog daycare owners reached out to us with similar complaints about this type of behavior during their inspections. We're in the process of investigating those complaints.

But in the meantime, Guillen no longer has a job. Taxpayers are no longer funding his salary. Line in the loop, Megan Hickey, CBS 2 Investigators.