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New York: Fast-food giant McDonald’s It is a lawsuit on the former CEO announced on Monday Steve easterbrook For lying about alleged inappropriate sexual relationships with employees.
Easterbrook was dismissed in November 2019 over his “poor judgment” in forging a consensual relationship with a member of staff in violation of company policy.
McDonald said it was later revealed that Easterbrook had lied “and destroyed information about inappropriate personal behavior” and a relationship with three other employees, as well as one of the employees being valued at thousands of dollars Stock provided.
Chain The securities intends to recover compensation and severance benefits paid to the executive under the terms of his departure last year.
The lawsuit, which alleges Easterbrook committed fraud by misleading the company over a separation agreement, has been filed in a state court in Delaware.
“(He) was intentionally untrue with McDonald investigators,” the complaint says.
Easterbrook’s severance agreement included six months of severance pay, stock options.
US media reports have estimated their exit package at around $ 40 million.
In 2018, Easterbrook’s base salary was $ 1.3 million and his total compensation, including bonuses and stock options, was $ 15.9 million.
He was replaced by Chris Kempinski, who joined McDonald’s in October 2015 after working at Kraft Foods and an earlier senior strategic role. PepsiCo.
The day after Easterbrook left, McDonald’s announced that its top human resources executive, David Fairhurst, who joined McDonald’s in 2005 and was named chief occupation officer at the restaurant chain in 2015, had also left.
In May, an international group of labor unions filed a complaint against McDonald’s for what he called systematic sexual harassment in fast food chain restaurants around the world.
The International Union of Foodworkers said that the complaint was filed with the Dutch Contact Point for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The document cites testimony of “rape, indecent exposure, molestation, and sexual proposition”.
McDonald said it would review the complaint at the time, adding that the food giant was a “people-first company”.
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