Experts: Tough road for any Brodkorb lawsuit

6:17 PM, Feb 2, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A former legislative staffer who may sue the state for wrongful dismissal faces significant hurdles to collecting any payout.

Michael Brodkorb was assistant to Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. He was dismissed in December shortly after Koch resigned her leadership role over an affair with a male staffer. The circumstances of Brodkorb's firing haven't been revealed.

Koch hasn't named the staffer, and Brodkorb has declined to comment on his firing. His attorneys said they couldn't comment on whether Koch's affair was connected to Brodkorb's termination.

Labor law experts cited a number of barriers to any claim by Brodkorb. They say the biggest is the Senate secretary's assertion that Brodkorb signed an agreement acknowledging he was an "at-will" employee, which means he could be fired at any time.

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