Ilhan Omar rips McDonald's over ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook's severance package

Rep. Ilhan Omar ripped McDonald’s on Thursday over its $42 million severance package for outgoing CEO Steve Easterbrook, who resigned last week after engaging in consensual affair with an employee.

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McDonald’s disclosed a filing that Easterbrook would receive six months of severance pay as well as stock considerations. The total value of Easterbrook’s severance package is nearly $42 million, according to an analysis by the executive compensation benchmarking firm Equilar.

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“McDonald’s former CEO violated company policy and was awarded almost $42 million,” Omar, D-Minn., wrote on Twitter. “Meanwhile, there are hardworking McDonald’s employees who deal with low wages and retaliation for reporting sexual assault. We must and will demand better for the working class.”

A McDonald’s representative declined to comment on the tweet.

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McDonald’s board of directors voted to oust Easterbook after he violated company policy and used poor judgment by having a relationship with a direct or indirect subordinate. In a statement, Easterbook confirmed his exit and said he supported the board’s decision.

“Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on,” Easterbrook said in the email to employees.

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McDonald’s has faced pressure from labor groups in recent months over alleged workplace misconduct and subpar pay. Employees in 10 cities staged a temporary strike in Sept. 2018 to demand McDonald’s management crackdown on harassment in the workplace.

In May, McDonald’s said it would offer enhanced training for employees and open a hotline for workers to address sexual harassment.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.