ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A jury decided on Friday that Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor.

Rep. Stacey Newman

Rep. Stacey Newman

What does that verdict mean for the equal pay fight?

State Representative Stacey Newman says she was pretty shocked and flabbergasted by the verdict.

But she says stories like the firing of The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, the A.B. case, and the President’s executive order are drawing attention to the issue of equal pay, which she hopes means more women will question their paycheck.

“I think now women are going to walk into their employer and say, ‘If there’s someone who’s doing my job, whether it be man or woman, what is the criteria that you are determining my own salary?'”

Newman has sponsored equal pay-related legislation in Missouri, she says, each of the last five years.

“There is nothing that enforces a company to either be transparent on how they pay their employees, or to ensure anyone else that they’re actually doing it,” she says.

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