Former A-B employee's suit against brewer not going to arbitration

12:01 PM, Aug 30, 2010   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- A former Anheuser-Busch executive's lawsuit against the brewer will not be going to arbitration according to a judge's ruling.

Francine Katz is the former vice president of communications and consumer affairs for A-B.  In October, she sued the company, claiming she was given a salary that was much smaller than what male executives with similar roles were making.

Katz claimed that she complained about the disparity to the brewer's top executives, but nothing was done.  Katz accuses A-B of fostering a "frat party" atmosphere that treats women and men unequally.

Anheuser-Busch wanted Katz's lawsuit dismissed or sent into a confidential arbitration process.  A St. Louis Circuit Court judge said the case didn't qualify for arbitration.

Anheuser-Busch's lawyer's argue that Katz's grievances should be handled through the company's Dispute Resolution Program, as is A-B policy.


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