ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A lawsuit filed by the former highest-ranking female executive at Anheuser-Busch claims the brewer encourages a "frat party" atmosphere and pays women less than men.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in state court in St. Louis by Francine Katz, the former vice president of communications and consumer affairs for the maker of Budweiser, Bud Light and other beers. It alleges that she earned far less in salary and bonuses than male executives.
The lawsuit names among others Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, the company formed when the Belgian brewer InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch last year. The North American headquarters remains in St. Louis.
Anheuser-Busch says in a statement that it believes Katz was compensated fairly, and that the company prohibits any form of discrimination.