Katz v. A-B: The possible outcome

ST. LOUIS - Francine Katz's team has rested in its sex discrimination case against Anheuser-Busch.

The former high-ranking executive is suing the company, saying the top level men on the key strategy committee were not only paid more but the only two women on the committee were considered second tier.

Jurors will need to decide if Katz was not only paid fairly, but if she was paid for the right job. She says she was much more than a public relations executive, while Anhueser-Busch says everything she did was public relations.

NewsChannel 5 consulted Saint Louis University law professor Marcia McCormick, who has expertise in gender discrimination and labor law. She weighed in on the best witness for the defense and plaintiff so far. Both she says, were former Anhueser-Busch CEOs, beginning first with Patrick Stokes.

"The best witness for the defense was Mr. Stokes. He was very straight forward. He basically said 'I didn't decide anything. I didn't do anything.' This is the way it was. It deflected a lot of attention and blame. The best witness for the plaintiff was August Busch III, in part because of the way he related to Ms. Katz and her attorneys. And how was that he seemed a little condescending a little folksy and in a way that was not as respectful as it may have been to the men on the other side," said McCormick.

The defense continues its case Monday.


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