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Depositions go out in Brodkorb suit

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A state senator and three former state senators are on the deposition list in a lawsuit filed by a former Minnesota Senate staffer who claims he was wrongfully fired after his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch.

Attorneys for Michael Brodkorb tell the Pioneer Press that they will depose current Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, along with former Republican Sens. Chris Gerlach of Apple Valley, Geoff Michel of Edina, and Claire Robling of Jordan in June. Former Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman will be deposed.

Gerlach, Michel, and Robling were among those who confronted Koch about the affair in December 2011, MPR reports.

Brodkorb was fired from his job with the Senate Republican caucus in 2011 amid the revelation that he was involved in an affair with Koch.

Brodkorb maintains gender discrimination was at play, arguing that female staff members who have affairs with male senators suffer no job loss.

The Senate has accumulated more than $200,000 in legal bills related to the case.

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