A Minnesota Senate panel meets Monday afternoon to approve a $30,000 settlement with former Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb.
Members of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration must OK the payment as part of an agreement announced last week to settle Brodkorb's wrongful termination lawsuit.
Brodkorb lost his job in 2011 in the wake of a sexual affair with then-GOP Majority Leader Amy Koch. He claimed unfair treatment based on his gender and was seeking $500,000. Senate leaders have said the $30,000 is the severance pay that they offered Brodkorb before he filed the lawsuit. Brodkorb claims that offer never occurred.
The Senate has already paid a private law firm more than $319,000 to defend it in the lawsuit, and more legal bills are expected. Brodkorb is on the hook to pay his own lawyers, but he hasn't disclosed the cost.