updated - August 28, 2014 Thursday EDT
"The Price is Right" model wins a lawsuit against the show's producers after she was discriminated against for her pregnancy. The former model received almost $777,000 on Tuesday.
Brandi Cochran, 41, filed a lawsuit against the show after producers refused her work when she tried to return after taking maternity leave in 2010. Producers defended their stance by saying that they were content with their current five models working at the time and didn't need Cochran.
However, the Superior Court jury determined her pregnancy was the reason she wasn't rehired and awarded Cochran $776,944 in the suit against producers FremantleMedia North America and The Price is Right Productions.
In a statement, FremantleMedia said it expects to be "fully vindicated" after an appeal, adding that it stands behind executive producer Mike Richards and the show's staff.
"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 further "important" evidence, FremantleMedia said.
TOP 10 FRANCHISE FOR 2013