Allegations continue to come out against former McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook.
What happened: The McDonald's head honcho was was fired in November after the company found that he had engaged in a consensual relationship with a colleague. He left receiving a "fired without cause" compensation package worth nearly $40m.
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that McDonald's has taken legal action against Easterbrook who it claims lied about relationships with multiple staff members.
In response to this new development, McDonald's wants to get that $40million back so they're suing Easterbrook arguing that they never would have agreed to the package had they known about the additional relationships.
Even weirder, the WSJ found out that the head of HR left the company one day after Easterbrook was terminated.
What's the big deal? What began as a normal 'divorce' over an undisclosed consensual relationship is looking more and more like a coverup – and shareholders are concerned.
Investors are worried that Easterbrook's quick dismissal is representative of bigger issues in the company and one shareholder is going so far as to call for an outside investigation.
No matter how you look at this, it's a huge HR disaster and McDonald's share price might take a hit as a result.