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MADISON A former assistant is suing Boone County Clerk Gary Williams for sexual harassment in his office.
Ashley Parsons is listed as the plaintiff in the civil action in Boone County Circuit Court and Williams, along with the Boone County Commission, are listed as defendants.
Parsons suit claims that Williams promised her a full-time job in his office if she would go out with him.
She alleges after she agreed, she was hired full-time.
Parsons suit goes on to say that as a condition of her employment, Williams required her to have sex with him.
This required sexual relationship lasts from January 2005 to June 2008, according to the lawsuit.
Parsons claims at first the required sex occurred several times a month, later it would become twice a month.
She says during this time, she repeatedly tried to break off the relationship, but Williams would tell her that she would lose her job.
Parsons claims that Williams also offered to obtain and pay for an apartment, which he did at 105 Rucker Street in Madison, where she lived from Feb. 2005 to July 2005.
She says Williams took her to Snowshoe and on other trips.
Parsons claims Williams would invent reasons for her to go into his office at the courthouse and coerce her into having sex in his office.
Mr. Williams gave Ms. Parsons cards and wrote a romantic letter to her, according to the lawsuit.
She also claimed that during the on and off relationship, Williams would criticize Parsons boyfriends and convince her to break up with them.
She claims she broke off the relationship in June 2008, but Williams continued to pursue her sexually.
Mr. Williams rubbed his body up against hers and suggestively place his hand on the small of her back, the suit said. This conduct continued until November 2008.
The suit claims Parsons was also called derogatory names by her co-workers in the Clerks office and Williams knew about it and did nothing to stop it.
Parsons claims after she terminated the relationship, Williams made her working conditions worse in an attempt to get her to quit her job. She claimed he would be rude to her, not talk to her, encourage other employees to act in a negative way toward her and she was made to do things outside of the scope of her responsibility.
Williams has not given Ms. Parsons a raise since she ended the coerced relationshipeven though co-workers received raises, the suit claims.
The suit says Williams took away Parsons job duties, encouraged others to be rude and harassing to her, disciplined her without cause and gave other employees comp time off, but not her.
The suit claims the Boone County Commission knew of the coerced sexual relations between the parties, yet did nothing to either protect Parsons or to penalize Williams.
The suit claims that Parsons suffered lost wages, emotional distress and mental anguish.
Parsons is seeking punitive damages from both defendants and also seeks equitable relief in the form of Williams being required to attend sexual harassment sensitivity classes.
Charleston attorney Andrew J. Katz is representing her in the lawsuit.
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