The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

Price Is Right model wins $9.4m in discrimination suit


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A former model on the United States daytime television game show The Price Is Right was awarded US$7.7 million (S$9.43 million) in punitive damages by a Los Angeles court on Wednesday after suing the show for not letting her return to work after giving birth.

The amount was in addition to US$775,000 in compensatory damages awarded to 41-year-old Brandi Cochran on Tuesday, after the jury in the case ruled that the producers of the show had acted with malice by not taking her back after her pregnancy.

The jury rejected Cochran's claim for mental hardship she said she had suffered.

"I hope my case will help other women in the same situation," Cochran told reporters outside the courtroom after the trial.