The former The Price Is Right model Brandi Cochran has been successful in her lawsuit against the show’s producers.
Cochran claimed that her contract was wrongfully terminated when she fell pregnant and was forced to take disability leave when she suffered complications in her pregnancy. When she suffered a miscarriage after one pregnancy, she was reportedly told by one of the show’s producers that a miscarriage was “nature’s way of getting rid of a bad baby.”
TMZ reports that Brandi will be in receipt of a pay-out to the tune of $775,000. This amount could well increase if it can be proven that the producers acted with malicious intent. In her case, Cochran stated that one co-worker would announce her arrival, when she was pregnant, by saying “wide load coming through!” It was whilst she was on disability leave during her second pregnancy that she claims she was squeezed out of her job.
According to an update from TMZ, though, a representative for The Price Is Right’s production company has stated that they believe the verdict to be the result of a “flawed process.” They claim that the court “refused to allow the jury to hear and consider that 40% of our models have been pregnant and other important evidence to our defense… We expect to be fully vindicated after the matter has been reviewed and stand behind executive producer Mike Richards and the staff of The Price is Right."
Watch this space to find out whether Brandi gets further compensation or if they are able to overturn the verdict.