11:16 am - 11/23/2012

Former ‘Price Is Right’ Model Awarded $7.7M in Termination Suit

“The Price Is Right” producers owe a former show model $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after her pregnancy.

Brandi Cochran was a model on the game show for seven years. She sued FremantleMedia North America and “The Price Is Right” productions, claiming pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination. She said producers rejected her when she tried to return to work in 2010 after maternity leave and a California jury awarded her the punitive damages Wednesday.

The $7.7 million will be added to the $777,000 in actual damages she has already been awarded.

Cochran, 41, was pregnant with twins after years of trying to conceive but, she said, the show’s executive producer was not pleased.

“He was mad at me and it was hard to comprehend someone upset that I was having twins,” she told ABC affiliate KABC-TV. “And then I would get questions, ‘How long are you going to work?’ ‘Are you going to work if you get really big?’”

The former model said her co-workers called her a “wide load” and said she would break the set with her added pounds from pregnancy. When Cochran’s baby bump started to show, the producers stopped calling her completely.

Months after her maternity leave in 2010, Cochran tried to return to the show but was rejected, she said.

“They ignored me, for probably about four months, trying to get a direct response about working,” she told KABC.

FremantleMedia is appealing the verdict.

“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 percent of our models have been pregnant and other important evidence to our defense,” the company said in a statement to KABC. “We expect to be fully vindicated after the matter has been reviewed.” (lol these thirsty bitches)


I saw this on ABC News last night and I'm honestly disgusted by how they treated her. Losing your job because you want to bring life into the world? Ridiculous. She should not have been fired.
Oh and in regards to the video above, David Muir could get it. I regret nothing.

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powerbottom 23rd-Nov-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Damn, that is a golden baby.

7.7 million? He's set for college and everything.
chikntetrazzini 23rd-Nov-2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Nah, 7.7 million will only cover like...half his college tuition. At a state university.
powerbottom 23rd-Nov-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, yes.
cab 23rd-Nov-2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Cochran, 41, was pregnant with twins
sky3205 23rd-Nov-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Get that money girl!
pikapika217 23rd-Nov-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
piscesvstaurus 23rd-Nov-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Is David Muir gay? Why do I feel like a read a rumor that him and Anderson Cooper were a thing?
so_chic_doll 23rd-Nov-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
damn, good for her.
treebraids 23rd-Nov-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
LOL @ Drew Carey showing off the other model's pregnancy as a way to establish their defense.
labellacouture 23rd-Nov-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
right?? i laughed so hard.
blue_birds 23rd-Nov-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
lmao for real
noonewears 23rd-Nov-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
And guys who have wrongfully served time in jail for murder has received less. Aint life a bitch? But good for her, her twins are off to a good start.
iruleuruniverse 23rd-Nov-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
one of the babies died.
fromyourashes 23rd-Nov-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
I lost my job years ago over something similar. Guess I should have sued, lol.
so_chic_doll 23rd-Nov-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah you probably could've-- but I don't blame you for not doing so either, because lawsuits are expensive as fuck.
this_repetition 23rd-Nov-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
They take a long time, too.
fromyourashes 23rd-Nov-2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I was too busy at the time with my at-risk pregnancy and then trying to raise two kids to worry about spending years in court. It's ridiculous, though, that women get fired over shit like that, especially if they're great at their job before the pregnancy issues.
ourferocity 23rd-Nov-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
if other models had children and returned after leave there's more to this story than discrimination for getting pregnant.
winninghearts 23rd-Nov-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
i mean, I'm sure the courts would have investigated into that a little bit before awarding her $7.7 million. Maybe other things did happen, but I'm sure there was enough discrimination going on to be illegal.

Edited at 2012-11-23 04:35 pm (UTC)
ourferocity 23rd-Nov-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
oh, i agree. it wasn't JUST the pregnancy but if she won that was a part of it. she probably would've been impossible to work with if she returned due to the tensions that developed between her co-workers.
chikntetrazzini 23rd-Nov-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Well, the courts didn't award her 7.7 million. A jury did.
h0tfuss 23rd-Nov-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
It was more about the harassment on set than about the termination, which could theoretically have been justified as a temporary measure.
m1zk0 23rd-Nov-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
to quote verbatim from another poster on another site:

I though the requirement was that management had to provide an equal position when a woman returned from mat leave (or a man returned from pat leave). They do not have to give you your old job back.

That said, FremantleMedia's defence was "that 40 per cent of our models have been pregnant". They did not report that they offered Ms. Cochran another, similar or equal position within the company.

Case closed.
darkwarrior 23rd-Nov-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
I don't get the OP's commentary at teh end, the article doesn't detail how she proved her case while the other side are saying they've had pregnant models before.
wonderwomanhero 23rd-Nov-2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
what are you talking about?
beachwee 23rd-Nov-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
get it gorl
umbrella_smile 23rd-Nov-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
"said she would break the set with her added pounds from pregnancy."

Drew Carey hosted that show before his weight loss, fall back.
fakevoices 23rd-Nov-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
we were talking about this topic in class
it is so scary that my ability to go up in work can be diminished because i have a child. it is so sad being a woman sometimes
a_new_haven 23rd-Nov-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
I work in childcare, with only women, and while most people have been amazingly fantastic with me being pregnant (especially now being very pregnant), there are still one or two who get pissy when I can't do something like carry buckets of dishes back and forth and up and down stairs for half an hour every day. One is mad that other staff members help me do this. What?
fakevoices 23rd-Nov-2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
that is sad
h0tfuss 23rd-Nov-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Stuff like that falls on the employer not managing the situation very well. Once I was working in a large bookstore and three girls got pregnant at around the same time. It became a problem that I was expected to make up physically for what they could no longer do. I'm a small girl and all of a sudden I had to carry all of the large shipments by myself while the pregnant girls literally sat around the back room. My back is still fucked up from that summer.
steph313 23rd-Nov-2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
That's awful. I just had a baby a few weeks ago, and in a very male dominated industry (I manage a restaurant--where the kitchen is 100% male, the corporate bigwigs are probably 75% male, and only the service staff is predominately female) but everyone was really supportive and helpful. Never doing anything more than saying, "Yeah, sure" if I needed something lifted or the likes. I was lucky.

I remember a bartender getting pregnant a few years back and another one of the bartenders getting so pissy that she'd have to help get ice or lift cases of beer for her as one shift was ending and the other beginning. It's like...really? There's no set rule as to who gets what and it takes five minutes. Not to mention, the pregnant girl did plenty of extra prepping and cleaning to make up for what she couldn't lift, but it was never good enough.

Edited at 2012-11-23 06:04 pm (UTC)
hearthecity 23rd-Nov-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
so many guys are so bitter about maternity leave too, it makes it so hostile for women
anus 23rd-Nov-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I think it's also a bummer that if I do have a kid, I may end up missing out on a lot of things while I'm gone. Why can't I just grow a kid in a box and continue my career without worrying about someone trying to take over my job ):
marywebgirl 23rd-Nov-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
When my friend graduated from business school he said that the women in his class had a really hard time finding jobs because they were in their late 20s and employers just assumed they'd have kids and leave soon (this was Harvard Business School btw, so not exactly MRS degrees).
lucciolaa 23rd-Nov-2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Good for her, get it girl.
pennylane101 23rd-Nov-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
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