The state’s legal bills for a lawsuit brought by ex-Minnesota Senate employee Michael Brodkorb have topped $200,000.

The latest bill, which is to be approved for payment on Wednesday, of $27,700 will add to the more than $196,000 the state has already paid.

Brodkorb is suing the Senate over his 2011 dismissal, which came in the wake of his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. He is claiming gender discrimination, alleging that female employees who had affairs were permitted to keep legislative jobs.

See a live video of the Senate meeting at which the latest bill  is set to be approved here:

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