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'Price Is Right' Model Wins $7M+ in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

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'Price Is Right' Model Wins $7M+ in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Published: November 21, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

By Tim Kenneally

http://www.thewrap.c...n-lawsuit-66221

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.

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I watched this show last week for the first time since Bob Barker was on. Interestingly, one of the models was pregnant, and Drew Carey noted that she was pregnant live on the show.

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How did they figure 7 million?

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Only in the Excited States of America.

I bet Drew Carey is getting a serious reprimand for that.

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It's the entire mentality of show business and women are only valuable commodities when they're hot. Good for her, dammit.

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It's the entire mentality of show business and women are only valuable commodities when they're hot. Good for her, dammit.

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She gettin' that Luongo money....for nothin'.

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That's stupid. She's there to look skinny and hot, not fat and blahh. Next thing u know there will be pregnant women walking in fashion shows and posing for sports illustrated.

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That's stupid. She's there to look skinny and hot, not fat and blahh. Next thing u know there will be pregnant women walking in fashion shows and posing for sports illustrated.

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That's stupid. She's there to look skinny and hot, not fat and blahh. Next thing u know there will be pregnant women walking in fashion shows and posing for sports illustrated.

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And so what if they are? Don't watch the fashion show or buy Sports Illustrated if it so offends you.

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And so what if they are? Don't watch the fashion show or buy Sports Illustrated if it so offends you.

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Uh. They are paid to sell sex and be hot. Thats it. They ???? knew that when they where hired. If they can't do that anymore (which is their job) then they should expect to get fired for a newer better model. They know the job is based on their looks and they choose to play the game. They don't deserve compensation for getting fired because they were no longer sexy.

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She definitely had a case. They harassed her and then proceeded to fire her at the end of her Mat Leave. Now I would assume that someone in her position would be given an opportunity to get herself back into top shape. She is a model, not an actual personality such as a news anchor. So I'd be interested to know if she was given that opportunity to get back in a reasonable amount of time. If she did not get back on a strict fitness regimen then Freemantle might have a case. As for the damages....7 million seems very excessive.

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Well, suffice it to say that I dare you to say the above to the face of one of Barker's Beauties ........and do make sure your life insurance is up to date before you do. :lol:

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