Jury awards $7.77 million to ex-“Price is Right” model in pregnancy discrimination suit

A former “Price Is Right” model, Brandi Cochran, received a $7,769,440 jury award in damages stemming from her discrimination lawsuit against the show, according to court documents.  Cochran, a former Miss USA, sued the show’s 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. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded Cochran $776,000 in compensatory damages and on tacked on a whopping $7 million in punitive damages, according to an Associated Press report.

Pregnancy discrimination is violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).  PDA is a federal anti-discrimination law that prevents employers from refusing to hire pregnant women, from firing pregnant women, and from treating pregnant women any differently because of their pregnancy. Disability discrimination can come in many forms. It can consist of comments about a disability made by another employee leading to an adverse employment action against the injured employee. Other forms include when an employer fails to promote or terminates an employee’s job when the employee is able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, and the employer refuses to accommodate the disability.

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