"The Price Is Right" model Brandi Cochran says she was harassed and ultimately fired after becoming pregnant
Brandi Cochran, come on down — you've just won more than $7 million dollars from “The Price Is Right”!
Former “Price Is Right” model Cochran received a $7,769,440 award in punitive damages stemming from her discrimination lawsuit against the show, according to court documents obtained by TheWrap.
Earlier this week, the jury awarded her $776,944 in damages.
Cochran sued show producers FremantleMedia and The Price Is Right Productions in 2010, claiming that she was harassed following the 2008 on-air announcement of her pregnancy, and found out she was fired as her maternity leave came to an end.
The model's lawsuit claimed that show producers “discriminated against, harassed, and retaliated against Cochran, including making remarks about her pregnancy, her appearance, her weight, and her eating habits.”
Cochran, who claimed that she was referred to as “wide load” during one such instance, also said that she witnessed the harassment of two other models, including one who was fired because she also became pregnant.
FremantleMedia called the verdict “the result of a flawed process,” and maintains that jurors were prevented from hearing important evidence in its favor.
“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% of our models have been pregnant and other important evidence to our defense,” a spokesman for FremantleMedia North America told TheWrap in a statement.
The spokesman added that the company expects to be “fully vindicated after the matter has been reviewed and [we] stand behind executive producer Mike Richards and the staff of ‘The Price is Right.’”
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.