Human Interest Stories

Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s ousted CEO, is in hot water with his former company. According to CNN, McDonald’s is suing him for lying to the board about the extent of his relationships with employees. In documents, it reveals that “He misled investigators about engaging in physical sexual relationships with three employees in the year before his ouster.”

The fast-food restaurant is going after him for $40 million, which the amount they paid him in his exit package.

McDonald’s cut ties with Easterbrook in November. At the time, they said, “The executive had violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgment by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee.” Through additional internal investigation, the company has since discovered other relationships, and they’ve also found that he lied and destroyed records to conceal his behavior.

This current investigation McDonald’s is doing into Steve Easterbrook was opened they after received an anonymous report in July.

Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s new CEO, recently sent out a statement to staff about the lawsuit. He said, “We recently became aware, through an employee report, of new information regarding the conduct of our former CEO, Steve Easterbrook. We now know that his conduct deviated from our values in different and far more extensive ways than we were aware when he left the company last year.”
He added, “McDonald’s does not tolerate behavior from any employee that does not reflect our values.”

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