McDonald’s investigates its human resources department and possible cover-up of employee misconduct by former CEO

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The company is also investigating allegations of possible misconduct within its human resources department, the spokesperson said.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news on Tuesday.

When McDonald’s cut ties with the then CEO Last year, Steve Easterbrook, said he had “shown a lack of judgment regarding a recent consensual relationship with an employee” and fired him without cause. But in July, according to the company, she received anonymous intelligence alleging that Easterbrook had engaged in other relationships. This triggered the new investigation.

“The board will follow the facts wherever they lead,” the company said in a statement sent Wednesday to CNN Business. “We will continue to make changes, if necessary, to support all parts of our organization. “

Around the same time Easterbrook was fired, McDonalds (MCD) Human Resources Director David Fairhurst has left the company. A company spokesperson said on Wednesday Fairhurst was fired because his conduct was inconsistent with company policies and values. The layoffs were unrelated, according to the company.

Under Easterbrook and Fairhurst, a party culture flourished, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Fairhurst did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

This spring, McDonald’s hired Heidi Capozzi as Global Head of Human Resources.

When she debuted in April, she launched an overhaul of the human resources department, according to the company spokesperson. The review includes examining how people are hired and evaluated, how employee concerns are investigated, and collecting employee feedback on business blind spots.

CEO Chris Kempczinski, who replaced Easterbrook, “has installed a new Chief People Officer, announced updated values ​​with input from employees around the world and is committed to embedding those values ​​in everything we do,” the company said.

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