Michael Brodkorb, the once-powerful Minnesota Senate staffer fired following allegations he had a sexual affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, has filed a sex discrimination complaint with the EEOC. He claims he was fired because of his gender when news of his affair with Koch became public.
The EEOC is investigating and will attempt to resolve the dispute through its conciliation process.
Should those efforts fail, the matter will go to court where attorneys would have a chance to question under oath other staffers and politicians who allegedly have had affairs. The goal of that examination: To determine whether the Senate discriminated against Brodkorb when it terminated him.
So far, the state Senate has racked up $46,000 in legal bills contesting Brodkorb’s suit. Few in the Senate are looking forward to either the investigation or the cost, both political and financial.
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