RE: Notice of Claims for Michael Brodkorb (Confidential)Page Three
The elements and analysis of gender discrimination under Title VII and the MinnesotaHuman Rights Act (MHRA) are the same. Carter v. Dayton Rogers Mfg. Co., 543 F.Supp.2d1026 (Dist. Minn. 2008).Mr. Brodkorb’s illegal termination meets all of the elements of a gender discriminationclaim.First, Mr. Brodkorb is a “protected class” member because he is a male.Second, based on the fact that Mr. Brodkorb never had any performance issues prior tohis termination on December 16, 2011, Mr. Brodkorb was qualified for his position. Mr.Brodkorb’s personnel file contained no record of any performance deficiencies.Third, the State of Minnesota took adverse action against Mr. Brodkorb by terminatinghim from his employment on December 16, 2011.Fourth, Mr. Brodkorb was terminated under circumstances giving rise to an inference of gender discrimination. On December 16, 2011, Cal Ludeman essentially admitted that the reasonfor Mr. Brodkorb’s termination was his intimate relationship with Senator Koch. As indicatedabove, female legislative staff employees engaged in intimate relationships with other legislators,and the female legislative staff employees were not terminated from their employment.Conversely, Mr. Brodkorb was terminated for having an intimate relationship with Senator Koch.The timing of the events stated above are extremely suspect, and the evidence shows that Mr.Brodkorb was, in fact, treated differently based of his gender.It is important to note that if Mr. Brodkorb were to prevail on his claims, Villaume &Schiek, P.A. would be requesting reimbursement for reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs(including expert fees). 42 U.S.C. § 2000e; see also Minn. Stat. § 363A.33, subd. 7; Johns v.Harborage I, Ltd., 585 N.W.2d 853 (Minn. Ct. App. 1998).Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 3.732, subd. 1, definitions section, the Senate is an entity of theState of Minnesota.As a result of the illegal termination, my client is demanding damages in excess of $500,000.00.Lastly, Mr. Brodkorb reserves the right to include other tort claims, including but notlimited to, invasion of privacy claims against then-interim Senate Majority Leader Senator Geoff Michel, then-Assistant Senate Majority Leader David Hann, then-Senate Majority Whip ChrisGerlach, former Chief of Staff of the Senate Majority Caucus Cullen Sheehan, and SenateCommittee Administrator Aaron Cocking.Prior to filing a Summons and Complaint in this case in District Court, to save onexpenses and to avoid unnecessary publicity, I suggest that we sit down for early mediation onthis matter in order to try and reach a global settlement. As you are most likely aware, we wouldbe required to mediate this matter via a Scheduling Order.I have had success with Allen Oliesky or Michael DeCoursey as mediators in the past;however, I am open to any suggestions regarding a mediator.If you do not want to mediate this matter within the next month or two please advise mein writing on or before March 23, 2012.