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Female employee challenges Anheuser-Busch over discrimination

All employees in Indiana or any state deserves to be judged on their own merit. If you are good at your job, dedicated and hard-working, it should stand you in good stead with your employer. Equally, if you fail to adhere to the requirements of your position, you can expect repercussions. However, no one should be judged on matters unrelated to their job, such as age, race or sex discrimination. Employees in Indiana should be prepared to challenge instances of discrimination if they become aware of them.

In Missouri, vice president and leading female executive of Anheuser-Busch has accused the company of sex discrimination. Highly successful in her career, this woman defended the company against various groups seeking to oppose or regulate alcohol production. However, she feels that she was underpaid and sidelined by the company she worked so hard for.

When the business was sold to InBev, she became aware of a pay gap between her and her predecessor. In his final year, his earnings are alleged to have been quadruple the $1 million earned annually by the female employee after her promotion in 2002. The company claims that the salary is comparable to that of people at a similar level in companies such as Coca-Cola.

However, an attorney for the firm contests that the woman’s pay was determined by her job, not the fact she was female. The company’s 76-year-old CEO further asserts that the woman’s predecessor had been a far superior employee with fantastic credentials. The female employee contested that she had also been excluded from corporate functions and even flown separately to a group meeting with government officials.

Cases like this can be difficult to navigate, as they often come down to one word against another. It may have happened in another state, but employees in Indiana can still learn from the case. If you suspect discrimination in your workplace, it is important to carefully gather your evidence so you can fight back. An attorney may be able to help you ensure you’ve covered everything and work toward reaching a fair resolution with your employer.

Source: NBC40, "St. Louis trial highlights gender bias in pay," Alan Scher Zagier, May 2, 2014

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