Analysis

Takeaways From McDonald's CEO's Ouster For Office Liaison

Law360 (November 4, 2019, 10:13 PM EST) -- McDonald's firing of CEO Steve Easterbrook after its board found that he "demonstrated poor judgment" by having an intimate relationship with an employee is the latest example of how office romances — particularly those that involve a pronounced power imbalance — can create a legal minefield for businesses.

The fast food giant said Sunday that its board of directors ousted Easterbrook because he violated company policy and displayed "poor judgment" by having a relationship with an unnamed employee. Easterbrook acknowledged the relationship in an email to McDonald's employees discussing his departure, calling it a "mistake" to flout company policy and agreeing...

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