British McDonald’s boss who was sacked for affair with employee is accused of overseeing ‘ruthless purge’ of African-American staff
The British boss of McDonald’s who was sacked over an affair with an employee is being accused of overseeing a ‘ruthless purge’ of African-American staff.
Steve Easterbrook, 53, has been named in a lawsuit filed by senior executives Vicki Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal in Dallas, which alleges the fast food chain discriminated against African-American customers and staff.
The lawsuit, filed in Illinois, claims McDonald’s practised ‘systematic but covert’ racial discrimination.
Sacked McDonald’s boss Steve Easterbrook, 53, has been named in a lawsuit which alleges the fast food chain discriminated against African-American customers and staff
But it claims the climate was especially hostile when Easterbrook took over in 2015, before being ousted in November with up to £40million in pay and share awards.
It says black executives routinely missed out on promotion.
Under Easterbrook, they say the firm ‘conducted a ruthless purge’ of senior African-Americans.
McDonald’s said: ‘We disagree with characterisations in the complaint.’ It said people of colour accounted for 45 per cent of its corporate officers and all US ‘field vice-presidents’.