McDonald’s Executive, Steve Easterbrook, Fired Over Consensual Relationship With Employee (#MeToo Madness Strikes Again)
McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook was fired after having a consensual relationship with an employee which supposedly broke company rules. The firm’s board voted on Easterbrook’s departure following an investigation into the relationship. British businessman Steve Easterbrook who has been credited for turning the fast food giant around, acknowledged the decision in an email to employees. He wrote; “given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on.”
Easterbrook also resigned from the company’s board. He was then immediately replaced by McDonald’s U.S. chief, Chris Kempczinski, who in a statement called Easterbrook a “patient and helpful mentor.”
While romantic manager-employee relationships are not illegal, companies often introduce no-dating policies to avoid allegations of preferential treatment or lawsuits arising from unwanted advances or sexual harassment. The Me Too movement would have destroyed McDonald’s reputation, so they erased the issue before it arose!