Katz Claims Failed A-B Lawsuit ‘Opens The Door For Change’

In the end, after 13 days of testimony and 10 hours of deliberation, jurors simply did not see enough evidence that Anheuser-Busch discriminated against Francine Katz because she was a woman. Nine out of 12 jurors sided with A-B late Friday. A statement from the company said the verdict acknowledges that Katz was always treated and compensated fairly during her 20 years of employment at Anheuser-Busch. Katz, a former top communications executive at A-B, claimed she was underpaid as one of two women on the brewery’s top Strategy Committee. And, she alleged, she made a fraction of the salary A-B paid to her predecessor.  “I am disappointed but I think that all the attention and discussion this lawsuit has sparked is for the good,” Katz said.

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