McDonald’s Corp has filed a lawsuit against former chief executive officer Stephen Easterbrook to recover his exit package after an internal investigation showed that he had sexual relationships with multiple employees, violating company policy, the fast-food chain said in a filing today.
Easterbrook “concealed evidence and lied about his wrongdoing” and had physical sexual relationships with three McDonald’s employees in the year before his termination, the filing said.
Easterbrook could not be immediately reached for comment.
McDonald’s had dismissed Easterbrook in November over a non-physical, consensual relationship with an employee, which the board then determined violated company policy. (https://reut.rs/2FdClKZ)
“Easterbrook’s silence and lies — a clear breach of the duty of candor — were calculated to induce the Company to separate him on terms much more favorable to him than those the Company would have offered and agreed to had it known the full truth of his behavior,” McDonald’s said in the filing. — REUTERS