In Bloomberg’s coverage of the news involving McDonald’s firing of its CEO followed by the departure of its top human resources officer, the publication turned to Florham Park partner Lynne Anderson for insight into policy violations at the C-Suite level.
In the article “McDonald’s C-Suite Exits Show Perils of Stumbling in #MeToo Era,” the publication reports on the fast food giant’s decision to fire its CEO following the announcement that he was in a relationship with a colleague.
“If the CEO is allowed in engage in policy violations on this topic, the message to employees and to other stakeholders is that McDonald’s is not really committed to providing those protections promised in the policies,” said Anderson. “The level of conduct that is being required from executives in this #MeToo era is to set the tone and to lead by example.”
Anderson also commented on the CEO’s reported severance package, telling Bloomberg that the CEO was likely entitled to severance because he violated policy, rather than a determination that sexual harassment or more serious misconduct had occurred.