The price some pay for love.
Recently it was reported that McDonald’s corp had fired its Chief Executive Officer, Steve Easterbrook after it had been revealed he was involved in a consensual relationship with an employee. There was no hint of harassment or anything untoward in the relationship. The board of directors simply determined that the relationship violated company policy.
Easterbrook apparently agreed because he stated, “This was a mistake, given the values of the company. I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on.”
The price of the mistake? Last year Easterbrook earned over 20 million dollars, (which is 2124 times more than the median salary of a McDonald’s employee. But that is a Penn for a different day.)
The interesting thing is that at no point did the media claim that it was unfair of McDonald’s dictating who their CEO could or could not have a relationship with. And nobody suggested that the consequences were too harsh. It was just accepted that McDonald’s could make the rules for those who worked for them.
However, when the church takes a stand against certain behaviours within the church, it is called judgmental, narrow-minded and hateful.
It doesn’t seem right that McDonald’s can defend their values but the church can’t.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.