A jury ruled Friday that Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against former A-B executive Francine Katz. Katz worked at A-B from 1988 until Belgian brewer InBev acquired the company in 2008. She was promoted to vice president of communications and consumer affairs in 2002, but alleged in a lawsuit filed in 2009 that she had been underpaid because of her gender.
The jury, which consisted of seven women and five men, deliberated for about 10 hours over two days before deciding that Katz had failed to make a convincing case in support of that allegation. Nine jurors sided with A-B.
The trial, which stretched over three weeks, saw testimony from 30 witnesses, including former Anheuser-Busch CEOs August Busch III and August Busch IV. Jurors heard about promotions and pay, golf outings and hunting lodges, job titles and corporate practices.