Follow TopicFollow Contributor Share Feedback

A Delaware judge has found David Fairhurst, McDonald's former Global Chief People Officer, liable for allegedly failing to prevent pervasive sexual harassment at the fast food chain. This failure reportedly caused a significant loss in market value after chief executive Steve Easterbrook was dismissed in 2019 over a relationship with a subordinate.

According to the judge, vice-chancellor Travis Laster, as Chief People Officer Fairhurst "had an obligation to make a good-faith effort" to gather information about the misconduct and to alert the board. Laster added that Fairhurst "could not consciously ignore red flags indicating that the corporation was going to suffer harm."

This content is available to paid Members of Starling Insights.

If you are a Member of Starling Insights, you can sign in below to access this item. 


If you are not a member, please consider joining Starling Insights to support our work and get access to our entire platform.  Enjoy hundreds of articles and related content from past editions of the Compendium, special video and print reports, as well as Starling's observations and comments on current issues in culture & conduct risk management.

Join The Discussion

See something that doesn't look quite right?

We strive to provide high quality and accurate content at all times. With that said, we realize that sometimes links break, new information becomes available, or there is something that you feel we may have missed.

If you see something that you think we should be aware of, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop us a note below and leave your name and contact info if you'd like to hear back from us.

Thank you for being a key part of the Starling Insights community!