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McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook fired over consenual relationship with an employee.

Slayven

I don’t know what you’re talking about
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Oct 25, 2017
40,368
Either he was asked to step down and refused or enough people hated him that they could kick him out. When was the last time a CEO was just booted
 

ChippyTurtle

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Oct 13, 2018
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Same thing happened with Intel's CEO last year.
Yup, and guess what? AMD is kicking their ass so hard right now. I absolutely do not believe its simply cause of a relationship, neither for Intel or McD's CEOs. He must have fucked up or a power struggle. Intel's CEO definitely got canned for losing to AMD, not for being in a relationship with a employee.
 

UF_C

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Oct 25, 2017
1,309
Hey! Spend most of your waking moments with coworkers. Have little time to actually go out and meet other people. I don’t know what companies expect. Sad that two people can’t have a relationship without their corporate overlord having it’s say.
 

DanGo

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Oct 25, 2017
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What are the odds this other person was getting preferential treatment in some fashion?
 

Dennis8K

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Oct 25, 2017
11,064
Good. CEO's shouldn't be allowed to have sex before we have 90% wealth tax.

Also, *insert Big Mac joke here*
 

SuperBanana

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Oct 28, 2017
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Underpay staff, treat them like shit, wage theft, fire them at a whim = Big bonus

Consensual dating = GTFO

Hmm...
 

thewienke

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'd assume that someone at his level of wealth and influence would be able to find a quality partner in Chicago's high society fairly easily.

Seems like an easily avoidable mistake.
 

Mulciber

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Aug 22, 2018
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Hey! Spend most of your waking moments with coworkers. Have little time to actually go out and meet other people. I don’t know what companies expect. Sad that two people can’t have a relationship without their corporate overlord having it’s say.
The CEO is the corporate overlord. The fact that shareholders or the board can out him with a vote is basically a sort of checks and balances type of thing, since no single person can direct the CEO.
 

skeezx

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Oct 27, 2017
7,232
What are the odds this other person was getting preferential treatment in some fashion?
it's the crux of the matter, even if said employee wasn't getting any preferred treatment whatsoever.

people are human and it's in a way wrong to penalize people for having relationships. but end of the day no way that doesn't come into play at whatever point
 
Nov 8, 2017
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Intel's CEO definitely got canned for losing to AMD, not for being in a relationship with a employee.
Just to clarify, it's more like canned for a combination of bad management decisions and being unlucky enough for the 10nm delay fiascos to happen under his watch (which was really only indirectly related to his leadership). It's like how presidential approval correlates to a lot of factors out of their control in that way.

I do generally agree that he was outed under a pretext by people unhappy with how things were going. The biggest benefit to his successor though is that a lot of the problems under Krzanich were only a few years away from solving themselves regardless of who was in charge.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Where I work, it doesn't matter if it's consensual, a person in a higher authority over another in a relationship is such an incredibly big no-no. It's such a big no-no everyone actually had to take an online learning course and acknowledge the rules.

It's a very standard thing in companies.
 

Forsaken82

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Oct 27, 2017
1,402
Was that necessary if it's consensual?
Plenty of businesses have policies against nepotism, and dating an employee of your company would very much qualify, specifically if said employee was receiving preferential treatment over others more deserving. It's hardly some uncommon thing and often taken very seriously.
 

Plumbob

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Oct 25, 2017
1,679
If you could fire someone or impeded their career for breaking off a relationship, even if you don't, that's not totally ethical.
 

i_am_ben

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Oct 27, 2017
705
Seems like overkill. Heaps of people meet at work. There’s nothing wrong with it as long as it’s managed correctly.
 

GnarlyGunk

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Aug 7, 2019
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Plenty of businesses have policies against nepotism, and dating an employee of your company would very much qualify, specifically if said employee was receiving preferential treatment over others more deserving. It's hardly some uncommon thing and often taken very seriously.
That’s assuming she was receiving preferential treatment. But it’s wild to even make that claim, imo anyway
 

Chasex

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Oct 29, 2017
799
Eh, these C-level people bounce around companies all the time. Getting fired from one is hardly a big deal at all.
 

Acorn

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Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah, you can't have someone that high on the totem pole dating an employee, even if nothing is amiss the possibility of abuse is way too high.

I've never dated anyone I worked with that was underneath me, but a good 60-70% of my relationships have came through work. Even then it's never ended well for anyone lol
 

UF_C

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Oct 25, 2017
1,309
The CEO is the corporate overlord. The fact that shareholders or the board can out him with a vote is basically a sort of checks and balances type of thing, since no single person can direct the CEO.
If he’s embezzling money or the stock has cratered sure, but I think forcing someone out because he wants to have a relationship with another human being is a bridge too far.