LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A jury has awarded a former “Price is Right” model over $8.5 million in damages for discrimination by producers after her pregnancy.
Brandi Cochran, 41, sued after she says she was not allowed to return to work after going on maternity leave in 2010.
The jury determined that FreeMantle Media and The Price is Right Productions owed her more than $7.7 million in punitive damages and nearly $770,000 in actual damages.
“I’m humbled. I’m shocked, I’m happy that justice was served today not only for women in the entertainment industry, but women in the workplace,” Cochran said.
The show’s producers say they are standing by their previous statement, which said they expect to be “fully vindicated” after an appeal.
They cited 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.”
They claim they were satisfied with the five models working on the show at the time Cochran sought to return, so they asked her not to come back.
Several other former models have sued the series and its longtime host, Bob Barker who retired in 2007.
Most of the cases involving “Barker’s Beauties” ended with out-of-court settlements.
Comedian Drew Carey took over hosting duties after Barker retired.