04 November 2019 18:35
MCDONALD'S boss Steve Easterbrook has been fired after breaking company rules by having a relationship with an employee. The fast food giant said the 52-year-old British-born chief executive, who was paid £12 million last year, had demonstrated poor judgement. 4 McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook has been sacked after having a relationship with an employee Credit: McDonald's McDonald's forbids bosses from having consensual romantic relationships with subordinates, regardless of whether they directly manage them. In an email to employees, Easterbrook, who is recently divorced and has three children, acknowledged he had a relationship with an employee and said it was a mistake. "Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on," he said.
Watford-born Easterbrook joined McDonald's in 1993 as a manager in London and worked his way up through the ranks of the company. He left to become the boss of Pizza Express in 2011 and then Wagamama before returning to McDonald's in 2013 after which he became the global boss of the company. Scrutiny of executives and their treatment of employees has intensified amid the #MeToo movement, which highlighted sexual harassment in the workplace and abuse of power by male executives. In June 2018, Intel Corp CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after an investigation found he had a consensual relationship with an employee that breached company policy. According to Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, Easterbrook's sacking is sign of the influence of MeToo#. "Other companies don't always act on that kind of information or fire their CEO for that, and so it seems like they trying to enforce a pretty strict policy in this situation," he said. 4 Easterbrook at a McDonald's launch event in New York with model Chrissy Teigen in 2017 Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4 The chief even donned an apron behind the counter for the event Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4 McDonald's board of directors voted on Easterbrook's departure Friday after conducting a thorough review. Credit: Getty Images - Getty McDonald's has itself faced sexual harassment charges and in May said it was enhancing training and offering a new hotline, after workers filed dozens of complaints against the company. Fight for $15, the group which filed the charges, said McDonald's response to its sexual harassment complaints has been inadequate, and "the company needs to be completely transparent about Easterbrook's firing and any other executive departures related to these issues". McDonald's board of directors decided on Easterbrook's departure on Friday after conducting a thorough review. Details of Easterbrook's separation package will be released today, said a company spokesperson. Under his leadership the company's shares nearly doubled in value while sales at its US restaurants stagnated. MOST READ IN WORLD NEWS RAPE HELL Girl, 17, 'gang-raped to death by 4 teens who left her with horrific injuries' CAUGHT IN THE ACT Moment 'cheating' wife is caught 'romping' in the back of her car WAVE OF TERROR Jihadi Jack could return to UK as Turkey vows to send ISIS thugs back home LIFE OF HELL Girl, 12, branded an 'ape' by racist bullies jumped out of fourth-floor window SICK TRICK Girl, 3, hospitalised after eating drug when it got mixed with Halloween sweets He was responsible for expanding delivery and mobile payments as well as bringing in digital ordering kiosks. The board of directors named Chris Kempczinski, who joined the company in 2015 and recently served as president of McDonald's USA, as the new CEO. Kempczinski paid tribute to Easterbrook, describing him as a mentor. McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook fired for consensual relationship with employee We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at [email protected] or call 0141 420 5200