Posted at 12:39 PM on March 15, 2012
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: MN Legislature
An attorney for a fired Senate staffer says he is prepared to file a lawsuit against the state of Minnesota for what they say is his unlawful dismissal.
Former Senate Republican caucus spokesman Michael Brodkorb's attorney Phil Villaume said the top administrative officer in the senate told Brodkorb that he was fired because he had an affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. Vallaume acknowledges the affair took place, but he said Brodkorb was treated differently because of his gender. He said Brodkorb was discriminated against because of his gender and is seeking at least $500,000 for being wrongfully fired. He said Brodkorb will file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and will likely file a lawsuit.
"Our client was treated differently than other similarly situated employees who had relationships with members of government."
Villaume held a news conference today after Senate Secretary Cal Ludeman said yesterday that the Senate would not enter into mediation with Brodkorb. Republican Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem said this morning that a settlement was still possible.
Here's Brodkorb's notice of complaint from