Michael Brodkorb is suing the state of Minnesota, saying he was fired from his post as aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch due to gender discrimination when their extramarital affair was revealed.
Brodkorb, who admits to having an affair with Koch, claims female employees who were also involved in affairs were treated differently.
Koch resigned her post as Senate Majority Leader at the end of session. Her replacement, David Senjem, says he doesn't believe the Senate did anything wrong by terminating Brodkorb's employment.
"Our attorneys will defend the Minnesota Senate and the Secretary of the Senate from this lawsuit, which we believe is without any merit whatsoever," he said in a statement. "Along with our attorneys, we will do everything in our power to protect the interests of the taxpayers. The Minnesota Senate is and always has been responsible in its employment procedures and practices."
Senjem said he has "no interest" in reaching a mediated settlement, adding he is confident the Senate will prevail in court.