Final Bill In Fired Senate Staffer Suit 14 May 14

The Minnesota Senate has received its final legal bill in a now-settled lawsuit filed by a fired staffer that cost more than $400,000 to defend against. The latest invoice lists over $7,200 in remaining legal fees. The lawsuit by ex-GOP communications aide Michael Brodkorb alleged he was improperly fired after his affair with a leading state senator became known. The case was settled in September, with the Senate agreeing to pay Brodkorb $30,000 in severance without conceding any wrongdoing. That’s separate from the lawyer bills. The Senate paid a Minneapolis law firm to fight the employment claim. Brodkorb hasn’t revealed what he paid his attorneys. The Senate’s billing was considered public because it involved taxpayer money.