The former ‘Price is Right’ model, Brandi Cochran, has been awarded with more than $7 million in the pregnancy discrimination lawsuit she filed against CBS game show producers and Fremantle Media North America.
It can be remembered that Cochran was a model at the show from 2003 until she got pregnant in 2008. After returning from her maternity leave, the said game show’s producers allegedly mocked her and eventually fired her.
Cochran told a media source that she was also referred to as ‘wide load’ by the production team.
The model/actress also claimed in her lawsuit that she had pregnancy complications which caused her disability. Subsequently, she was removed from her modeling job in the game show.
During their defense, producers affirmed that they were pretty satisfied with the five models working on the show at the time when Cochran sought to be reinstated.
Initially, in a ruling, the jury awarded Cochran with $775,000.00 in punitive damages. However, on the following day, the jury increased the said amount to $7,763,440.00 after the jury found plenty of the production team’s intentional wrongdoing.
Incidentally, it is not the first time that the show producers faced a lawsuit. Over the past few years, several models have sued the series and its longtime host, Bob Marker, who retired in 2007 and was replaced by the comedian/actor, Drew Carey. Complaints include wrongful terminations and sexual harassments which were mostly settled out of court.
Consequently, under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employment discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or other related medical conditions is strictly prohibited. The said law, which is an amendment to the Title VII, applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Even federal, state, or local government is not excluded from the said law, briefly explained by a Los Angeles discrimination attorney.