A confidential settlement was reached between a woman and the Charleston law firm she claimed wrongfully terminated her for rejecting an attorney’s sexual advances.
Kylan Wilson, of Dunbar, filed the lawsuit last month in Kanawha County Circuit Court against Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP and M. Andrew Brison, a partner at Anspach Law’s Charleston office.
Wilson, who worked at the firm from December 2013 to last October, said she was fired in whole or in part in retaliation for rejecting Brison’s sexual advances.
Earlier this month, the law firm responded, saying Wilson was fired because of poor performance. Brison also responded, saying he and Wilson were in a voluntary personal relationship and his actions were not unwanted.
Depositions originally were scheduled to take place on Monday. However, those were canceled when attorneys reached the confidential settlement the preceding Friday.
In her lawsuit, filed by attorneys John Einreinhofer and Bernard Layne, Wilson alleged Brison subjected her to unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors while she worked at the firm.
She also alleged Brison, who was her supervisor, sent her several inappropriate text messages. Some of the examples in the lawsuit alleged Brison asked to “come over and cuddle” with her, referenced “stalking,” said she was “sexy” and said it was “hard for him to act appropriately in the office.”
Brison said he and Wilson exchanged texts with sexual content and said any message speaks for itself. He denied the texts were unwelcome or inappropriate.
Wilson also alleged physical sexual advances such as Brison kissing her on the head, running his fingers through her hair and rubbing her shoulders.
Brison said he kissed her on the forehead one time at work to console her because she was crying about an argument she had with her parents. He denied other physical advances.