A former McDonald's employee who the company says had a sexual relationship with ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook agrees to be deposed

  • McDonald’s attorneys will depose a former employee who they allege had a sexual relationship with the ex-CEO.
  • “Employee 2” was granted stock worth hundreds of thousands of dollars by the ex-CEO, McDonald’s says.
  • McDonald’s is suing ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook, alleging he covered up sexual relationships.
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A former McDonald’s employee accused of having a sexual relationship with the company’s ousted CEO  has agreed to be deposed in a lawsuit against the former executive.

On Friday, McDonald’s attorneys announced in a filing that “Employee 2” had agreed to appear for a deposition in a court battle between the fast-food giant and its former CEO, Steve Easterbrook.

According to a complaint filed by McDonald’s in August, Employee 2 was one of three women who Easterbrook had sexual relationships with that he later attempted to cover up. Easterbrook had been terminated by McDonald’s in November 2019, after an investigation into a relationship between the CEO and a different female employee. 

McDonald’s alleges that in 2020 investigators found “dozens of nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit photographs and videos of various women,” including Employee 2 and two other anonymous McDonald’s employees.

Easterbrook had deleted the photos and videos — taken in late 2018 and early 2019 — from his company phone, according to McDonald’s. McDonald’s said investigators found the explicit material on company servers after receiving an anonymous tip that Easterbrook had an inappropriate relationship with Employee 2 while leading the company.

McDonald’s lawsuit also claims that Easterbrook approved a stock grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to Employee 2 in the midst of their sexual relationship. According to the complaint, the approval of the grant came “shortly after their first sexual encounter and within days of their second.”

McDonald’s attorneys will take the deposition upon oral examination of Employee 2 on March 12, according to the notice of deposition filed on Friday. The company did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

Read the full story of the lawsuit and how Easterbrook went from the chain’s savior to its worst nightmare here. 

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