Minn. Senate Settles Lawsuit from Michael Brodkorb

Updated: 09/27/2013 7:30 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Michael Brodkorb
Michael Brodkorb

The Minnesota Senate agreed Thursday to settle a lawsuit brought by a former staffer who was fired after he was found to be having an affair with the chamber's majority leader.
The Senate agreed to pay Michael Brodkorb $30,000, an amount that chamber leaders said was equal to severance offered Brodkorb before he was fired in December 2011. He had been seeking more than $500,000.
Brodkorb was dismissed after Senate leaders discovered he was having an affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch. Brodkorb sued for wrongful termination, arguing that he was treated differently than female staffers who had carried on affairs at the Capitol.
Senate leaders had argued they acted properly and had refused to settle. But legal costs of the case had piled up to nearly $320,000 as of earlier this month.
Brodkorb tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "I am happy this is over. I can now move on with my life." Senate leaders did not wish to talk on camera, but issued a statement that says, in part, "we have resolved this matter in the best interest of taxpayers and we maintain that we acted properly all along."
Brodkorb was the Senate GOP's communications director when he was fired. Koch resigned from her leadership post immediately and left the Legislature following her term.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.