"The Price is Right" has been hit with an $8.5 million jury verdict for pregnancy discrimination against former "Barker Beauty" model Brandi Cochran. The 41 year old former Price is Right model says that she was not allowed to return to work after her maternity leave in violation of California law.
The Los Angeles jury determined the former model's pregnancy was the reason she wasn't rehired and awarded Cochran $776,944 in regular damages and $7.7 million in punitive damages. In their defense, producers FremantleMedia North America and The Price is Right Productions said they were satisfied with the five models working on the show at the time Cochran sought to return.
"I'm humbled. I'm shocked," Cochran said after the jury announced its verdict. "I'm happy that justice was served today not only for women in the entertainment industry, but women in the workplace."