DFL leaders mum on plans for Brodkorb suit


With the DFL majority taking over the Senate, incoming leadership has a couple of options on how to handle a discrimination lawsuit filed by former Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb.

Brodkorb filed a lawsuit that alleged gender bias was at play when Senate leaders fired him as Senate communications director.

He was dismissed last year after then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch stepped down amid allegations of an affair with Brodkorb.

MPR reports the lawsuit has already cost $100,000 in taxpayer dollars.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, has already said he does not agree with taxpayer dollars being used to pay the Senate's lawyer fees, but has not said how he plans to deal with the ongoing case.

The public radio station breaks down the possibilities on how the case could be handled:

1. Agree to a legal settlement.

2. Bakk order the minority to make further cuts to staff to pay for legal bills.

3. Republicans set up a legal defense fund.

or 4. Let the case run its course as is, and hope the court tosses Brodkorb's claims.

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