A former “Price Is Right” model is now nearly $777,000 richer after winning a discrimination suit against the popular game show.
The Supreme Court jury awarded Brandi Cochran, 41, with $7776,944 after nearly claiming she was discriminated against because she was pregnant. She says she was not re-hired by producers producers FremantleMedia North America and The Price is Right Productions after taking maternity leave in 2010, ABC News reports.
In the producers’ defense, they said they were satisfied with using five models at the Cochran seeked re-employment and believe the verdict was determined in error. “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,” and further “important” evidence, FremantleMedia said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time the show has come under fire. Ex-host Bob Barker was sued for sexual harassment and wrongful termination by the show’s hostesses. Most of the cases ended with out-of-court settlements.
A second phase of the trial will determine if Cochran is eligible for punitive damages which total up to more than $8 million, the amount her attorneys had asked for.