Former AB VP testifies in her discrimination lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A former Anheuser-Busch vice president testified today she had similar responsibilities to her predecessor but after six years on the job was paid half what he was paid.

The testimony from Francine Katz came during her employment discrimination lawsuit against the giant brewery at the civil court building in downtown St. Louis. She was the first woman appointed to a top management committee. But says she was not paid fairly.

At one point she told the firm`s CEO August Busch IV she wanted the title of the man she replaced, John Jacob.

Francine Katz: “I would like to be given Jake’s title of Chief Communications Officer, a title common in most other corporations for someone in my position. I would not have asked for this when Jake was still here, but I have been doing this job for 4 years and now that he is leaving, I would like to ask that my title reflect my responsibilities.”

Neither Busch nor his successor Dave Peacock ever changed her title.

Anheuser-Busch is expected to argue she was paid an appropriate salary based on similar jobs in other corporations. Katz is seeking millions in back pay and damages.

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