Unemployed Brodkorb seeks government bailout, gets denied, alleges invasion of privacy [UPDATE]

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Brodkorb's application for unemployment benefits was denied by the state.
The Amy Koch-Michael Brodkorb sex scandal is like the gift that keeps giving richer and richer ironies.

The latest? MPR reports that Brodkorb's application for unemployment benefits was denied by the Department of Employment and Economic Development. He's appealing the decision.

In other words, the supposed rock-ribbed conservative is seeking a government bailout.

Unemployment applications are private information. But when an applicant is denied and appeals the decision, that information is public. Brodkorb's lawyer, Phil Villaume, refused a request to talk about his client's application.

MPR spoke with Andrea Rubenstein, a Minneapolis employment law attorney, to try and gain insight about why Brodkorb's application was turned down. Rubenstein speculated that Brodkorb's application may have been red-flagged by the employment department because misconduct led to him being fired from his job as spokesperson for the Minnesota Senate Republicans.

"If the reason given was he was fired because he had an affair with his boss, they would consider that misconduct, so they would initially reject it," Rubenstein said.

Brodkorb is scheduled to have his appeal heard by an unemployment judge next Thursday. In the meantime, we advise he take to heart the MNGOP's tough-love credo and stock up on Hot Pockets and Ramen noodles while looking for a new job.

:: UPDATE ::

On Twitter, Brodkorb just announced through his lawyer that "he will be adding an additional claim of invasion of privacy against the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Senate and [secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman] to his planned lawsuit over his unlawful termination from the Minnesota Senate."

Yesterday, Ludeman confirmed to MPR that Brodkorb had applied for unemployment benefits, was denied, and is appealing the decision. Now, Philip Villaume, Brodkorb's lawyer, is alleging that Ludeman's public discussion of Brodkorb's unemployment claim constitutes invasion of privacy.

Rubenstein, the Minneapolis-based employment attorney, doubts Brodkorb has any basis for the invasion of privacy claim. In an interview, she said "invasion of privacy claims are very limited in Minnesota," adding that she doesn't think statute defines publicly discussing an unemployment claim appeal as an invasion of privacy.

"If somebody appeals [an unemployment decision] and there is a hearing, that hearing is open to the public," she said.

Rubenstein said she can understand why Villaume wouldn't want Brodkorb's appeal hearing to be publicized, but added that "since [Brodkorb and Villaume] have made the whole thing so public, it's hard to understand why they're complaining."

Here's Villaume's statement, published this afternoon:

Previous coverage:
-- Michael Brodkorb plans to sue Minnesota Senate for defamation
-- Michael Brodkorb lawyers up, may pursue legal action
-- Michael Brodkorb alleges gender bias, hilarity ensues [UPDATE]
-- The Amy Koch Affair
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the seal
the seal

I hope Philip Villaume is getting paid up front and letting the checks clear the bank. This crew has a problem with getting their bills paid.

Human being
Human being

Move on and get a job. You screwed up now deal with the consequences! Nothing is owed to you. Stop wasting tax dollars with all your lame court attempts.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

"Move on and get a job."

Yes, there's the rub. After crushing our economy and feeding it to the Chinese, it's priceless to see a Republican hacktivist flailing about looking for income now that his political sugar tit is gone.

If Brodkorb had kept his yap shut, he might have landed a sweet gig like Norm Coleman's wife got with that insurance outfit.

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

He tweets about his pending lawsuits, but you know if the people he was suing tweeted about it he would sue them for that too. All in a day's work for a professional suer/doer.

Oh, brother.
Oh, brother.

The first six months is not a "government bailout" per se. It is funded by employer/employee contributions. 

Vegan
Vegan

This article brought a smile to my face.

Ziggymethod
Ziggymethod

Brodkorb was fired.  If you are fired you are ineligible for unemployment benefits.  If you were laid off (i.e. lost your job through no fault of your own), only then can you receive unemployment.  Plus, doesn't he realize after all his talk that he is anti-government, including welfare, including the form coming in unemployment benefits?

peaceandlove
peaceandlove

Not true Ziggy. If you were fired without cause you may receive benefits. Thats why you tell your side of the story. If you are fired for a legit reason you are then denied.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

"Maybe this a-hole should quit sucking on the teet and go get a friggin' job."

Isn't that the republican mantra?

Hypocrite asshole.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

No reason for Brodkorb's application to be red-flagged. The unemployment process has been jobbed by our conservative governors to the point where almost all first-time claims are rejected. This is the system Brodkorb's Republicans fought to create, and it's the system he will now be dragged through. I hope he enjoys working in a system that assumes he's not entitled, and which gives every advantage to the employer.

a grandpa
a grandpa

Oh Mikey, how the mighty have fallen. Even though this is a ploy to improve his chances for a successful lawsuit; it humors me to think he is at the bidding of those he spent so much time criticizing.

Live by your own mantra: go get a job and stop trying to live on the government dole.  

Unemployment is for those who lost their jobs through NO fault of their own, not for those who are legally fired for bumping fuzz with your boss.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Why shut down threads as soon as race gets involved? There are few other local forums to discuss these matters. I used to think the media was one of the defenders of freedom of speech. I've since learned that is only true if that speech is used to degredate society. Some "alternative weekly"

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