Michael Brodkorb has filed suit against the state of Minnesota, claiming he was fired from his job with the Senate because he’s a man who had an affair with a legislator.
There’d been threats of a lawsuit following his firing late last year after revelations that he had an affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
There had been some expectation of a settlement before the filing, though, because of the scandalous nature of the affair, involving highly placed politicos married to others.
In the lawsuit, Brodkorb said he was treated differently than women who had been in the same situation.
“Similarly situated female legislative employees, from both political parties, were not terminated from their employment positions despite intimate relationships with male legislators,” the lawsuit says.
It says: “Senator Koch will testify that Brodkorb’s employment was terminated by the Republican Leadership because of the intimate relationship between Senator Koch and Brodkorb, as will other legislators and legislative staffers.”
In anticipation of the lawsuit, the state Senate has already paid a lawyer $85,000 through May.
The suit also claims that Senate Secretary Cal Ludeman told a newspaper reporter that Brodkorb was trying to blackmail the Senate and extort a payment.