McDonald’s blasted former CEO Steve Easterbrook on Monday for trying to extricate himself from the company’s lawsuit by accusing him of accusing him of lying about dates with subordinates.
In a fiery statement on Monday, the fast food giant called Easterbrook’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit as “morally bankrupt” and argued in legal documents that he should be forced to defend himself in court.
“When McDonald’s investigated, its CEO lied,” the Chicago-based chain said in a court case. “… Easterbrook should be required to defend his conduct on the merits and in this court.”
“His argument that he should not be held responsible for wrongdoing, even repeated, is morally bankrupt and fails under the law,” McDonald’s added in a press release.
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McDonald’s is seeking to recoup the roughly $ 42 million it paid Easterbrook when he was ousted over another romance in November. The deal was based in part on Easterbrook’s claim that he had not had any other sexual relations with employees – but McDonald’s recently found “dozens of nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit photos and videos” proving that was wrong, the company said.
Easterbrook requested that the complaint be dismissed on August 14, saying McDonald’s should have known about the steamy messages as they remained on the company’s mail server after deleting them from his cell phone.
But McDonald’s called the claim a “brazen attempt to turn the table” and said it should be eliminated at trial.
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“A factual challenge to the investigative judgment has no place in a challenge to the pleadings, which are accepted as true with every reasonable inference drawn against Easterbrook and in favor of McDonald’s,” the company said in the record. court.
An Easterbrook lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
McDonald’s is said to be investigating other potential misconduct that allegedly took place under Easterbrook’s watch, including allegations he concealed his colleagues.
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The investigation focuses in part on former human resources chief David Fairhurst, who was fired in November after repeatedly making women uncomfortable at work events, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. .
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Fairhurst did not immediately respond to a request for comment submitted on its website on Monday.