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Senate reaches settlement with former GOP spokesman Brodkorb

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The Minnesota Senate has settled a lawsuit with a former GOP spokesman.

The Star Tribune reports the Senate and Michael Brodkorb settled the lawsuit for $30,000, far less than what he was seeking.

Brodkorb was fired in 2011 after then Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch admitted the two were having an affair. Both were married to other people at the time.

Koch shortly thereafter resigned her leadership position and Brodkorb was fired. Brodkorb filed a wrongful termination lawsuit seeking $500,000. He argued he had been treated differently than female staffers who had had similar romantic relationships with male senators.

The Associated Press reports, that Senate leaders had insisted Brodkorb's termination was legal, but the case cost the state more than $300,000 in attorney's fees.

Sen. David Hann said they are pleased to have the lawsuit overwith, according to a report in the Pioneer Press.

Below are some tweets involving the announcement of the settlement.

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