Michael Brodkorb lawyers up, may pursue legal action following termination from Senate

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Brodkorb is considering legal recourse following his firing from the Senate amid rumors he and Amy Koch were having an affair.
Just over a month after his tenure as communications chief for former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch's came to an end amid rumors the two were having an affair, Michael Brodkorb is reportedly lawyering up and considering revenge.

In a news release, the Bloomington-based law firm of Villaume & Shiek, P.A. announced they have been retained by Brodkorb to serve as co-counsel in "representing Mr. Brodkorb in potential legal action related to his employment at the Minnesota Senate."

Philip Villaume, founder of Villaume & Shiek, says in the release that "we've been ascertaining details surrounding events leading up to and immediately following Mr. Brodkorb's departure from the Minnesota Senate and our client has been reviewing his legal options." He adds later that Koch will not be the defendant of any litigation.

On December 16 -- the day after Koch resigned as Majority Leader -- Geoff Michel, Koch's interim replacement, confirmed that Brodkorb was no longer employed by the Senate, but MNGOP leaders refused to address the circumstances surrounding Brodkorb's sudden departure. They wouldn't say whether Brodkorb resigned or was fired or whether his departure was connected to Koch's inappropriate relationship.

Although Brodkorb and the MNGOP have remained tight-lipped about the matter, it now seems clear he was fired. MPR reported that Brodkorb was fired by Cal Ludeman, secretary of the Senate, at the Moose Country restaurant in Lilydale.

From the MPR report:
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Turns out Brodkorb may not be a supporter of 'right to work' legislation after all.
All Senate employees are "at-will" employees, Ludeman said. New hires sign documents acknowledging the fact that they could be let go at any point.

Though the rules of the Senate make Ludeman the employer of all Senate workers, including Brodkorb, Ludeman said he made the Brodkorb decision on the recommendation of the Senate's leadership team.

"I told [the leadership team] that all Senate employees are at-will employees. I said that if they make a recommendation to me that we should exercise that 'at-will' status and make sure someone is not employed by the Senate for whatever reason, that could be done," Ludeman said. "And that's what they desired to have happen."

"They didn't give a reason, they just didn't want him representing the Senate Majority relative to anything that happened...from Friday afternoon on," Ludeman said.
Although Brodkorb was an at-will employee, a MinnPost report from earlier this month speculates that Brodkorb could possibly have a defamation claim based on the way MNGOP leaders and Ludeman handled public statements about his termination.

In any case, one thing is certain -- if there isn't a quick settlement, the depositions in a Brodkorb case will make for fascinating reading.

Related coverage:
-- Amy Koch had "inappropriate relationship" with senate staffer. Was it Michael Brodkorb?
-- Michael Brodkorb leaves Mike Parry congressional campaign
-- Michael Brodkorb's Twitter feed offers insight into life during Amy Koch controversy

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Rickperry
Rickperry

fuck all of you. hahahaha NAZI FAG CUNTRAG 

theoko
theoko

What???  How sad!  The GOP rewards and cultivates a mud-slinger who made his career practicing the politics of personal destruction and somehow it ends up harming them in the end!  Is there NO justice in this foul universe of ours?  Who could possibly have seen this coming?

Ralf W
Ralf W

I'm happy to have Broadkorb keep the dirty laundry spinning. Party of family values (right Amy K?)! Party of personal responsibility (right Michael?)! Party of fiscal responsibility (right Tony Two-Million Sutton?)The GOP has been focused like a laser on jobs (the job of morality police, that is)!

HahahaHahaha.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

From 1988 until 2002 I worked with over 7,000 resume clients. About half were out of work due to having been fired or downsized. Some, less than 3-4 dozen, had clearly been totally shafted by their employers and most likely their firings were illegal.

I am not aware of any of those people ever winning a lawsuit over their firing, mostly because almost none of them had enough savings to hire a lawyer to initiate legal action. Practically the only fired employees who ever get their job back are union members, and then only because the union's attorneys are fighting to enforce the contract they negotiated. Employment law is RADICALLY stacked against employees, and I've never heard of an attorney taking such a case on a contingency basis.

I have little use for Michael Brodkorb, but I hope he hasn't mortgaged the house on this one because he doesn't have a prayer of winning. At will employment means at will employment, and when the boss decides it's time for you to go, you're gone.

Conservativo
Conservativo

Government waste at the hands of a prideful Republican. Gotta love the irony.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

I don't think he's hoping to win a lawsuit, I think this is a threat to air a bunch of dirty laundry in open court unless he gets a payout.

Looks like Koch fucked her party harder than she fucked her beaux.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

You may well be right because Brodkorb is no dummy. Not terribly honest or principled, but no dummy.

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