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UO Agrees To Pay Fired Bach Festival Artistic Director $90K


Matthew Halls was fired as the artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival in late August 2017.

Matthew Halls was fired as the artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival in late August 2017.

The Register-Guard

The University of Oregon agreed to pay a $90,000 settlement to fired Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director Matthew Halls this week, in the midst of a public relations disaster over his abrupt termination in August.

Under the terms of the settlement, which the UO released in response to a media request, Halls agreed not to sue the UO, and both parties agreed to make no “negative or disparaging” written or oral statements about each other, publicly or privately, in “any medium.”

The agreement, first reported by The New York Times, also specifies that both the UO and Halls must give each other 24 hours notice when they receive press inquiries. The university must give Halls the same notice if it receives requests for public records. Both parties will respond to such requests “in a cooperative manner,” the settlement stipulates.

The $90,000 payment to Halls, almost equivalent to one year’s pay from the UO to him under his terminated contract, resolves a dispute about how much the UO owed him after ending his contract without cause on Aug. 24. Under UO contract policy, the university was allowed to end his contract with 30 days notice, meaning Halls was technically under contract until Sept. 24.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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