A former Anheuser-Busch vice president for communications testified that she filed a gender discrimination lawsuit to let people know about the inequities at the St. Louis brewery. “I couldn’t understand why I was at the bottom,” Francine Katz told a jury. “It was humiliating.”
Katz alleges her pay was significantly less than her male colleagues and her gender was a factor in her salary, in violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act. Katz became the company’s first female member of A-B’s strategy committee, which varied in size over the years between 15 and 20 members. Katz testified that she only learned in 2008 that she and another female A-B executive, Marlene Coulis, were the lowest-paid members on the strategy committee when figures were released in a regulatory filing tied to InBev’s acquisition of A-B.