Jury returns in Anheuser-Busch discrimination case

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis jury returns Friday for further deliberations in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Anheuser-Busch executive who claims the company paid her considerably less than her male predecessor.

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-Bush following its 2008 sale to Belgian brewer InBev.

Katz earned roughly $1 million annually after her 2002 promotion to vice president of communications and consumer affairs. She is seeking $9.4 million in back pay and damages, plus nearly $5 million in interest and an undetermined amount of punitive damages.

Under Missouri law, at least nine of the 12 jurors must agree with Katz’s claim for her to prevail.