Too much lovin’: McDonald’s goes after its biggest ‘pounder’

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Too much lovin’: McDonald’s goes after its biggest ‘pounder’

The ex-CEO who turned round burger giant’s fortunes allegedly lied about sexual liaisons with employees

Nick Allen

When Steve Easterbrook, the British corporate star who turned around McDonald’s, was fired in 2019, the American food giant said it was because he had displayed “poor judgement”, having had a consensual relationship with a junior employee. Easterbrook admitted making a “mistake”, but amid the high-profile MeToo saga, some felt losing his high-powered job might have been harsh.

Now McDonald’s has gone public with accusations that its former chief executive had three additional sexual relationships in the space of a year, and accused him of lying to company investigators about the relationships and deleting evidence so he could leave with £35m in severance pay.

The purported evidence, recovered by investigators, included dozens of sexually explicit photographs and videos of the women involved, which Easterbrook was alleged to have sent from his work e-mail account to his personal one. He was also alleged to have approved a grant of shares worth thousands of dollars to a female employee while they were in a sexual relationship...

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