Trial in Anheuser-Busch discrimination suit begins

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A gender discrimination lawsuit by a former top Anheuser-Busch executive against the St. Louis brewer goes to trial more than four years after the suit was filed.

Francine Katz sued the company in 2009, a year after resigning as vice president of communications and consumer affairs for the maker of Budweiser, Bud Light and other beers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Katz says she was paid less than her male colleagues at a workplace with a “frat party” environment. Katz resigned after Belgian-based InBev bought the company in 2008.

The trial began Monday morning with jury selection. Katz’s lawyer says she expects the hearing to take three weeks. Potential witnesses include former company CEO August Busch III.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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