According to the New York Times, McDonald’s has filed a lawsuit against former CEO Steve Easterbrook on charges of lying, concealing evidence, and fraud. Easterbrook was fired nearly a year prior due to allegations of a sexual relationship with a subordinate, claims which he strongly denied at the time. However, after new evidence arose indicating that Easterbrook had not only engaged in the alleged relationship but had also been involved in two additional sexual relationships with subordinates, McDonalds has filed a suit in an attempt to repossess his compensation package and stock options, amounting to over 40 million dollars.

Easterbrook Fired for Alleged Sexual Relationship with Subordinate, Leading to Further Investigation and Lawsuit

According to the New York Times article, in October of 2019 a McDonald’s employee informed the company of a month long sexual relationship with Easterbrook which included photographs, at least one FaceTime call, and sexually explicit texts, but no physical contact. She was however fearful that she would be punished for the consensual relationship. Despite a cursory search that did not turn up evidence corroborating the employee’s assertion, Easterbrook was fired.

The New York Times further states that after a second employee came forward also alleging a sexual relationship with Easterbrook during his tenure as CEO, McDonalds launched a second, more in-depth investigation which unearthed “dozens of nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit photographs and videos of various women, including photographs of these company employees.” It was also found that while engaging in one of these sexual relationships, Easterbrook had awarded the employee in question hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of shares in the form of a special retention grant.

If you or someone you love were engaged in an uncomfortable sexual relationship with Steve Easterbrook given the power dynamics, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.

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