Former Price is Right Model Settles Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
May 2, 2013
In a recent Riverside, California employment lawyers blog, Vincent Howard reported on a Hollywood pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit, after former model Brandi Cochran, from the popular game show, The Price is Right, was awarded $7.7 million in monetary damages by a Los Angeles jury. The award was overturned by a trial judge in March, who stated that he didn't properly instruct the jury. Cochran's attorney expects the damages to be higher in the re-trial.
In related Hollywood employment news, a colleague of Cochran's, Lanisha Cole, another former model on The Price is Right, has settled a Los Angeles sexual harassment lawsuit with the game show's producers and production company, FremantleMedia North America--where she accused a male producer of sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.
According to the lawsuit, Cole began working as a model on the show in 2003. Cole claims in her sexual harassment lawsuit that her mistreatment began in 2009, when one of the show's producers stopped talking to her, and started giving more favorable treatment to another model on the show.
Cole alleges in the lawsuit that after an incident occurred on the show in 2010, where she was unable to respond to an on-stage comment made by Drew Carey because she did not have a microphone--she was reprimanded by the same producer. Cole claims that after the incident, the producer barged into the models' dressing room in the middle of changing during a commercial and harassed and reprimanded her about the incident while she stood in front of the producer and her colleagues naked, only wearing thong underwear. She claims in the suit the producer didn't try to cover his eyes, or apologize about reprimanding her while she was undressed.
The sexual harassment lawsuit claims that Cole filed a sexual harassment complaint with the company, but the company refused to properly investigate the claims. Cole then said she was forced to quit three months later out of frustration from the incident.
According to Vincent Howard, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is against the law. Sexual harassment is defined as any verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature, any sexual advances that are not welcome, requests for sexual favors in the workplace, and can also include offensive remarks about a person's sex. It is also illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee who stands up to any sexual harassment or discriminatory behavior.
In Costa Mesa, California, contact Howard Law's managing attorney Vincent Howard today, to discuss your sexual harassment rights in the workplace.
Price is Right Model Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit, San Marino Tribune, May 1, 2013
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