Depositions in Brodkorb case begin

At least five current and former state officials will be deposed in a lawsuit filed by former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb against the Minnesota Senate.

Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, and former Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman will be deposed in early June.

Ludeman was fired Brodkorb after it was revealed Brodkorb was having an affair with his boss, former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. Senjem took Koch’s place at the helm of the Senate after she stepped down.

Former Republican Sens. Chris Gerlach, Geoff Michel and Claire Robling will also be deposed in June, according to court documents.

Gerlach, Michel, and Robling were among those who confronted Koch about the affair in December 2011.

Brodkorb claims he was unfairly fired from the Senate. He says other employees who had affairs with lawmakers were not fired. The Senate argues that Brodkorb was an at-will employee and could be fired any time. They say when Koch stepped down Brodkorb’s services were no longer needed.