On Jan. 16, 2020 — lower than two weeks earlier than that 12 months’s Grammy Awards and 5 months after Dugan was employed — the academy positioned her on administration go away following allegations of office bullying, later stating that she had initially “demanded $22 million” to step down. (The Recording Academy countered with a multi-million greenback provide which she turned down.)
A number of days later, Dugan swung again with an Equal Employment Alternative Fee discrimination criticism alleging the true motive for her being positioned on go away was as a result of she had uncovered and threatened to reveal academy misconduct, together with Grammy voting irregularities, conflicts of curiosity amongst board members in addition to with its exterior attorneys, and sexual harassment by academy lawyer Joel Katz. (Katz denied the allegations.)
The academy formally dismissed Dugan on March 2, 2020. Board chair Harvey Mason Jr., who had already assumed the interim CEO/president’s place after Dugan was positioned on go away, ran the academy in that capability till Could of this 12 months, when he was formally named CEO/president.
Whereas nonetheless interim chief, this April, Mason oversaw the choice by the academy to finish the nominations overview committees, which Dugan had claimed had been rife with conflicts of curiosity. The committees decided which artists made the ultimate Grammy poll in 59 of 84 classes.
A number of weeks later, as the 2 events headed towards arbitration, the attorneys for the academy requested that the listening to be non-public, in keeping with The New York Instances.
That motion seemingly contradicted an open letter from Mason to Dugan dated Feb. 4, 2020, two weeks after she was placed on go away, that mentioned the academy had waived the confidentiality provision included within the arbitration clause of Dugan’s employment settlement. Mason’s letter was a response to a earlier letter from Dugan asking for the supply to be waived.
The academy’s lawyer, Proskauer Rose’s Anthony Oncidi had claimed that having an open arbitration would reveal confidential data and emotionally misery witnesses, according to the New York Times.
Clearly, earlier than the arbitrator, Sara Adler may rule on the academy’s request, the 2 events reached a settlement.
The information of the settlement comes days after the academy has made extra substantive adjustments, a few of which additionally handled points raised initially by Dugan. Throughout her quick tenure, she had questioned why the academy relied on exterior counsel, paying a median of $3 million per 12 months in charges, particularly to Katz’s former agency Greenberg Traurig and to Proskauer Rose. Billboard reported on June 15 that the academy is now on the lookout for in-house normal counsel.
This week, in a serious overhaul within the management construction, the academy introduced that Mason would retain his CEO title and could be joined by two co-presidents, Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay.