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Fired Fubo employee settles lawsuit, company attorney says

The federal lawsuit is expected to be formally dismissed within 30 days.

The federal lawsuit is expected to be formally dismissed within 30 days.

The logo of Fubo TV appears on the marquee outside the Times Square studios of ABC television in New York City.
The logo of Fubo TV appears on the marquee outside the Times Square studios of ABC television in New York City. (Photo via LinkedIn, Graphic by The Desk)

A former Fubo television producer who sued the company over apparent violations of the state’s parental leavue law has settled the matter out of court, The Desk has learned.

Earlier this year, Joshua Kritz filed a civil lawsuit against Fubo after claiming the streaming service fired him for taking parental leave following the birth of his newborn son.

Kritz worked as a producer for the Fubo Sports Network, a free, ad-supported streaming channel carried on Fubo and other platforms. He was hired to work as a consulting producer in 2019, then promoted to the role of coordinating producer one year later.

In mid-2022, Kritz says he informed Fubo that he would be taking 12 weeks of parental leave as allowed by New York state law. During that leave, he claims he was demoted to a lesser role within the company, and then fired after he lodged a complaint internally. His civil lawsuit followed a short time later.

In written statements, officials at Fubo denied they retaliated against Kritz for taking parental leave, though they gave no concrete reason for his abrupt dismissal. Kritz sent a demand letter seeking a settlement earlier this year. A judge overseeing the case set a trial date for early next year.

Last Wednesday, an attorney representing Fubo wrote a letter to the court stating that “an agreement has been reached to amicably resolve this matter.” Terms of the settlement were not immediately available.

The case is now pending in federal court while both sides work to iron out the finer details of the settlement and sign all paperwork. The final settlement is expected to be filed with the court within 30 days.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).