McDonald’s Investigating Whether Former C.E.O. Covered Up Others’ Misconduct

McDonald’s said on Tuesday that its investigation into misconduct claims within the company now included whether its former chief executive, Steve Easterbrook, may have covered up inappropriate actions by other executives during his tenure. The company also said it was examining the actions of its human resources department.

“The board will follow the facts wherever they may lead,” a company spokesman said in a statement about the investigation, details of which were reported earlier by Bloomberg. The company declined to elaborate on what prompted these new questions or on other details of the investigation.

The company recently filed a lawsuit seeking to recoup tens of millions of dollars in compensation that Mr. Easterbrook was allowed to keep when he was fired in November.

McDonald’s dismissed Mr. Easterbrook after an employee notified the company that she had had an inappropriate relationship with him. The employee said she was worried that she would end up getting punished for the monthlong consensual relationship. She said the relationship consisted of sexually explicit text messages, photographs and at least one FaceTime call between herself and Mr. Easterbrook but was not physical.

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