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Brodkorb's goal in lawsuit against Senate revealed: $600,000

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Former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb is seeking $600,000 in damages as part of his lawsuit against the Minnesota Senate, the Pioneer Press reports.

Brodkorb has argued he was wrongfully fired, and for the first time, U.S. District Court documents reveal the amount of money that the former GOP operative is asking for as he aims to recoup past and future lost wages. He earned about $90,000 a year in his job as communications chief for Republicans at the Capitol.

MPR notes that if the case goes to trial, it may not happen until June of 2014, according to the document.

Brodkorb had been a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch but was fired in December 2011, after it was revealed that he and Koch had an affair. Koch stepped down from her position.

Brodkorb argues that he was discriminated against in his firing, noting that other staffers have had affairs with lawmakers, but were not fired. Senate officials have denied such claims.

MPR notes that the Senate is hoping to shield information collected in the case from the public, according to the latest document. Both parties would preferr mediation, the Pioneer Press reports.

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