McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) announced it is suing former CEO, Steve Easterbrook, for allegedly making false statements throughout the company’s internal investigation on his relationship with employees.
According to the food chain it terminated Easterbrook in November after he deluded details regarding sexual relationships with three employees. Chris Kempczinski was promoted to the position after the departure.
“McDonald’s does not tolerate behavior from any employee that does not reflect our values,” Kempczinski wrote in a letter to the McDonald’s system about the lawsuit. “These actions reflect a continued demonstration of this commitment.”
Mcdonald’s filed legal documents Monday, stating that its internal investigation had gathered evidence that Easterbrook had deceived and gotten rid of information as a means of covering up his actions.
While Easterbrook claims the incident was “the only one of an intimate nature” he had with an employee. However Mcdonalds received an anonymous tip in July claiming that Easterbrook had been involved in a physical relationship after he claimed it had been non sexual. The complaint also stated that Eaterbrook authorized “an extraordinary stock grant, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars” for one of the employees he was involved with.
The company has since decided that action was needed amid the new circumstances.
“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,” Kempczinski said in a letter to employees. “McDonald’s does not tolerate behavior from any employee that does not reflect our values.”
Written by Rebecca Urena.
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