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Former Anheuser-Busch exec sues for sex discrimination

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ST. LOUIS (NBC) - A former Anheuser-Busch executive is taking the company to court saying that she was paid less than male co-workers.

The majestic Civil Courts building in downtown St. Louis will serve as ground zero for the case of Francine Katz vs. Anheuser Busch-In-Bev.

Jurors will decide if the brewery's highest ranking female executive was well compensated as Vice President of communications and consumer affairs, or the victim of what she calls "a frat party" work environment where women worked as hard as their male counterparts but were paid significantly less.

"Even though this is one of the best cases with best evidence of different treatment where the main difference between this employee and the other employees was her sex, it's still going to be somewhat challenging to have a jury agree it was her sex that caused this different treatment. Especially if the jury identifies with the guys at the table rather then the woman at the table," said Marcia McCormick, St. Louis University law professor.

Katz's lawsuit claims she not only made less than her male executive counterparts, but that from 2002 to 2007 she took her concerns to all of her bosses including August Busch the III, Patrick Stokes, August Busch the IV and David Peacock.

"Anheuser-Busch strongly believes Francine Katz's claims are false and unjustified and the facts and evidence presented at trial will prove that she was treated and compensated fairly," a spokesperson from the company said in a statement.

A jury could be seated by lunch on Monday, with opening arguments beginning in the afternoon.
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