Ex-'Price is Right' model wins discrimination lawsuit against show

Brandi Cochran awarded $776,944

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles jury says a former model on "The Price is Right" was discriminated against by producers because of her pregnancy.

The Superior Court jury awarded $776,944 to Brandi Cochran on Tuesday after deliberations that began last week.

City News Service reports that a second phase of the trial will determine whether Cochran should be awarded punitive damages.

The 41-year-old Cochran is a former Miss USA. She claimed she was rejected by producers when she tried to rejoin "The Price is Right" in 2010 after taking maternity leave.

FremantleMedia North America, one of the producers named in the suit, blamed the verdict on a "flawed process." It says that key evidence was excluded by the court. 

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