LOS ANGELES -- The producers of "The Price is Right" owe a former model on the show more than .7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a jury determined Wednesday.Cochran, 41, said she was rejected when she tried to return to work in early 2010 after taking maternity leave.Stirling is one of many models who has sued the the many decades since it has been on the air.Others include former Miss USA Brandi Cochran, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom, and most recently, Lanisha Cole.Had she been allowed less time off, she argued that she would have had a better chance of retaining her job.But California judge Charles Palmer said that regardless of the merits of such an argument, all this happened between 2006-2007, a period where the statute of limitations had passed.PHOTOS: Hollywood's Greatest Duels Producers of had an alternative explanation for why she was let go. In 2007, show host Bob Barker retired and was replaced by Drew Carey.The producers reported they used the occassion to make several creative changes to the show, including cutting down the modeling staff from ten to five, and in order to adapt to Carey's improvisational comedic style, they wanted the remaining models to maintain a diversity of appearances, superior modeling talent, and personalities that could best interact with Carey.
(Neither is the actor of the same name.) She alleges that after Richards started dating Lancaster in late 2009, he stopped talking to Cole.The American television game show The Price Is Right has, since its 1972 relaunch, employed a number of models to showcase the prizes and items that are given away on the show.From 1972 to 2007, the group was referred to as "Barker's Beauties," in reference to Bob Barker, who hosted the show during that period. Usually, two models appeared per episode to model the prizes, much in the same tradition as the later incarnations.Former “Price is Right” model Lanisha Cole alleges in a lawsuit that the show’s producers discriminated against her after Amber Lancaster, another model on the show and a former Sea Gal, began dating one of the producers.Lancaster, a Tacoma native, was a Sea Gal for five seasons in the early 2000s.
Stirling was found wanting in those areas, they said, so she was let go.