Why the McDonald’s ruling means it’s time to revisit your sexual harassment policies

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Employee behavior surrounding office romances—which can occasionally devolve into sexual harassment or worse—was already one of the trickiest minefields that HR executives needed to police.

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Now, that task has gotten even trickier.

In late January, a Delaware judge issued a landmark decision in a case involving fast-food giant McDonald’s, ruling that shareholders can sue not only the corporation but also its former chief people officer, David Fairhurst, over allegations that as CHRO, Fairhurst turned a blind eye to a toxic workplace atmosphere of rampant sexual misconduct. This included bad behavior by former CEO Steve Easterbrook, his close

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