[ti:McDonald’s Chief Forced Out after Relationship with Employee]
[00:01.20]The American fast food business McDonald's
[00:05.81]is known around the world and was in the news last weekend.
[00:11.55]McDonald's Corporation announced that its chief executive officer, CEO,
[00:20.27]has been forced out of the company for having a consensual relationship with an employee.
[00:30.08]The relationship was a violation of company policy, McDonald's said.
[00:37.28]And it accused CEO Steve Easterbrook,
[00:42.12]who also served as the company's president, of showing bad judgment.
[00:50.16]McDonald's bars supervisors from having romantic relationships
[00:56.35]with employees who directly or indirectly report to them.
[01:02.84]In an email to employees, Easterbrook admitted he had a relationship
[01:09.09]with an employee and that it was a mistake.
[01:14.60]"Given the values of the company, I agree...
[01:18.36]that it is time for me to move on," Easterbrook said in the email.
[01:25.72]McDonald's board of directors voted on Easterbrook's employment Friday
[01:31.49]after an investigation into his relationship.
[01:36.96]He will also be leaving the company's board of directors.
[01:41.02]Easterbrook was appointed as CEO in 2015.
[01:47.60]McDonald's would not provide details about the employee
[01:51.97]with whom Easterbrook had a relationship.
[01:55.59]A lawyer for Easterbrook would not answer questions.
[02:01.80]The board of directors named Chris Kempczinski as its new CEO and president.
[02:08.80]He recently served as president of McDonald's USA.
[02:15.28]Two weeks ago, McDonald's reported a 2 percent drop in profits
[02:20.32]for the three month reporting period ending on September 30, 2019.
[02:28.92]During that period, the company said it spent a lot of money
[02:33.19]remodeling its stores and expanding delivery service.
[02:38.20]McDonald's also has reported that fewer people are going to its restaurants.
[02:45.88]The leadership change is unrelated to McDonald's operational or financial performance,
[02:52.52]the company said in a press release.
[02:56.80]McDonald's decision to remove its CEO may show there has been progress
[03:02.90]on workplace issues as a result of the #MeToo movement, said Carl Tobias.
[03:09.64]He teaches law at the University of Richmond.
[03:14.60]"Other companies don't always act on that kind of information...
[03:20.03]and so it seems like they are trying to enforce a (strong) policy in this situation," Tobias said.
[03:30.00]Last year, Brian Krzanich left his job as CEO of Intel Corporation
[03:36.90]after investigators found he had a consensual relationship
[03:41.88]with an employee that violated company policy.
[03:47.84]In December, CBS Corporation removed its CEO, Les Moonves,
[03:54.27]after several women accused him of sexual harassment.
[03:58.64]The CBS board of directors denied him $120 million promised under his contract with the company.
[04:09.06]Among other problems, McDonald's has faced workplace harassment charges.
[04:16.04]In May, the company said it was expanding anti-harassment training
[04:21.44]and offering a telephone hotline for workers to report problems.
[04:28.12]McDonald's made the changes after a labor group
[04:31.36]announced more than 20 sexual harassment cases against the company.
[04:37.28]Fight for $15 is the name of the group that brought the sexual harassment charges.
[04:43.65]It said McDonald's answers to the charges were not good enough.
[04:50.52]"The company needs to be completely (open) about Easterbrook," the group said.
[04:57.32]Kempczinski joined McDonald's in 2015.
[05:01.52]He was responsible for nearly 14,000 McDonald's in the United States.
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