Jurors will continue deliberations today in a gender discrimination case against Anheuser-Busch brought by a former top-ranking female executive, Francine Katz. The jury deliberated for more than four hours Thursday without reaching a verdict.
Katz, an attorney who worked at A-B from 1988 until Belgian brewer InBev acquired the company in 2008, alleges in her lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court that she was underpaid because of her gender. Following a promotion in 2002 to vice president of communications and consumer affairs, the 56-year-old made more than $1 million annually, including her base pay, salary and stock options. But five years after her promotion, her base salary and bonus was still 46 percent lower than her male predecessor and less than every male executive on A-B’s strategy committee, she alleges.
In addition to punitive damages, Katz is seeking $9.4 million in back pay and $5 million in interest.