Brandi Cochran, a former The Price is Right game show model says she was fired by producers because of her pregnancy.
Cochran, 41, claims she took her maternity leave and when she returned, was told her services were no longer needed because they were happy with the five models they currently had.
Cochran sued for discrimination and won. There have been other lawsuits against the show in the past, when Bob Barker was host, but those were settled out of court.
Cochran’s was a rare win, and jurors yesterday awarded her nearly $777,000. The determination of whether Cochran should be awarded punitive damages will commence during a second phase of the trial. Cochran lawyers are looking for more than $8 million to be awarded to their client.
FremantleMedia which produces The Price is Right is set to appeal the ruling and says it stands behind the decision of the executive producer and the other staff.
“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,” FremantleMedia said in a statement, adding that other “important” evidence was ignored.
Drew Carey took over as host of the iconic show back in 2007.