'Price is Right' model wins $777,000 in pregnancy discrimination lawsuit
If you thought all of The Price is Right's problems with its own models were done when Bob Barker retired, you thought wrong, because a jury just awarded on $776,944 because she claimed she was discriminated against for being pregnant. We sure hope her bid didn't go over that.
The jury said in L.A. Superior Court on Tuesday that producers FremantleMedia North America and The Price is Right Productions owed Brandi Cochran, now 41, the amount because she said they didn't want her to return from maternity leave after she gave birth in 2010. The producers contended they were happy with the other five models still in place and didn't need Cochran anymore, the New York Daily News says.
"We believe the verdict in this case was the result of a flawed process in which the court, among other things, refused to allow the jury to hear and consider that 40 percent of our models have been pregnant," Fremantle said in a statement, noting they will appeal. The next price the court will have to guess is how much in punitive damages should be awarded -- Cochran has asked for more than $8 million. That'll buy a lot of showcases.
[Photo: Brandi with Drew Carey in 2008]