Jul 24, 2012 at 6:58 am
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - Fired Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb is suing over his termination last December after being involved in an extramarital affair with the top Senate leader.
Brodkorb field a lawsuit Monday in Ramsey County against the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Senate and a top Senate official. He claims gender discrimination because he says female employees involved in workplace affairs were treated differently.
Brodkorb says in his filing that the episode has caused him ''to incur emotional distress.''
Brodkorb also admits to the affair with Sen. Amy Koch, who resigned from her post as Senate majority leader and is not seeking re-election.
Meanwhile the senate's top leader says he's not interested in settling with a former employee who sued on Monday and expects the Senate to win in court.
Senate Majority Leader David Senjem said Monday that the 10-count lawsuit filed by former top aide Michael Brodkorb is ''without any merit whatsoever.''
Brodkorb is claiming gender discrimination because he was fired for having an extramarital affair with Senjem's predecessor, Amy Koch, while female employees who had affairs with male legislators kept their jobs.
Senjem said the Senate has done nothing wrong and instead has acted ''carefully and appropriately.''
He says the Senate and its lawyers will do ''everything in our power to protect the interests of the taxpayers.''