Minn. Senate seeks to move Brodkorb case to federal court

A lawyer for the Minnesota Senate is arguing that a lawsuit over a Republican ex-staffer's firing belongs in federal court instead of before a state judge, the Associated Press says. A filing Thursday seeks to transfer the lawsuit filed by Brodkorb, who contends he was wrongfully dismissed after an extramarital affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch became known. Brodkorb's lawsuit was filed last month in state district court.
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The state of Minnesota filed a motion Thursday seeking to move the employment discrimination lawsuit filed by former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb into federal court, the Star Tribune reports. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson was assigned to the case and will determine whether to accept the petition, the newspaper says.

Attorney Dayle Nolan says the gender discrimination claim is a matter of federal jurisdiction, the Associated Press says.

The federal filing was first reported by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Brodkorb tweeted: The removal of my suit to federal court is unremarkable and not unexpected. The strength of my claims remain strong in any court of justice.

Brodkorb was fired after his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch came to light. Koch resigned her leadership position after she was confronted about the affair.

Brodkorb, who had been the Senate communications officer, in his gender discrimination lawsuit claims that women were treated differently than men who had affairs. Brodkorb said he was unable to reach a settlement deal with Senate leaders, so he filed the lawsuit last month.

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