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Francine Katz's motion in ...
Francine Katz's motion in St. Louis Circuit Court cites alleged jury instruction errors as well as a statement by the beer company's attorney during closing arguments that the one-time vice president of communications and consumer affairs says was incorrect.
A jury of seven women and five men determined in mid-May that Anheuser-Busch
did not discriminate against Katz
by paying her
significantly less than a male predecessor.
had sought more than $14 million in salary and interest.
The 56-year-old Katz spent two decades at the company, rising from a young corporate lawyer to a role as key strategist and the company's top female executive who was often the face of her hometown employer.
FILE - In this May 2, ...
FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo, Francine Katz leaves the Civil Court building in St. Louis.
Katz sued Anheuser-Busch in 2009 for gender discrimination, a year after resigning as vice president of communications and consumer affairs for the maker of Budweiser, Bud Light and other beers.
Closing arguments are expected Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the case after nearly three weeks of testimony. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A jury will continue deliberations in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Anheuser-Busch
executive who claims the company paid her
less than half as much as her
The panel of seven woman and five men deliberated four hours Thursday afternoon without reaching a verdict in the case of Francine Katz, who filed suit after she left Anheuser-Busch following its 2008 sale to Belgian brewer InBev.
earned roughly $1 million annually after her
2002 promotion to vice president of communications and consumer affairs but is seeking $9.4 million in back pay and damages, plus nearly $5 million in interest and an undetermined amount of punitive damages.
The 56-year-old lawyer said she
earned less than half of what her
male predecessor, a prominent civil rights activist, was paid.
"She was paid, and paid well, for her position," defense attorney Jim Bennett told jurors during closing arguments Thursday morning, reminding the seven women and five men that Katz reported income of more than $14 million for 2008, an amount that included a severance payment after the company's sale.
The company also argued that Katz
opted to file suit only after she
was passed over for an executive job with InBev and instead offered a position with lesser responsibilities, which she
testified that the new owners' decision played no role in her
choice to sue.
was also the victim of a boys-club mentality that saw her
excluded from corporate jets, corporate golf outings and other social opportunities, her
In a 20-year career during which she
rose from a young corporate lawyer to a role as key strategist and the beer-maker's top female executive, Katz
became the face of her
hometown employer, defending the maker of Budweiser
and Bud Light from overzealous regulators and anti-alcohol campaigns.
has minimized, understated and undervalued the work that Francine Katz
did," Sedey said.
Under Missouri law, at least nine of the 12 jurors must side with Katz
civil claim to prevail.
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"We have no plans to pull the spots," said Francine Katz, an Anheuser-Busch spokeswoman who credits them with improved sales of Bud Light and low-carb Michelob Ultra.
"We believe there's no doubt these spots are part of our success," she
said."I can tell you that people tell us our ads are hysterical and they love them.We look to entertain consumers; we don't worry about what competitors like or don't like about our commercials."She declined to discuss Anheuser-Busch's advertising strategy, including whether its spots would continue challenging Miller by name.
Katz resigned from ...
Katz resigned from A-B after the brewer was acquired by InBev.
She later filed a gender discrimination lawsuit alleging that she had been given a smaller salary and bonuses than those given to male executives.
I attended one hearing and noted that Katz
is an attractive woman.
That might be a problem for her
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