Most of our Colorado readers are probably familiar with the daytime television game show "The Price is Right." The popular show, which has been on the air for years, revolves around contestants guessing the retail price of a wide variety of consumer products, with the products presented for their inspection by female models clad in glamorous gowns or swimsuits. Controversy has swirled in regards to these models over the years for various reasons, but now one former model has successfully pursued an employment discrimination lawsuit against the show.
According to the reports, a 41-year-old former model was awarded over $8.5 million recently because a jury believed her claims that the game show engaged in discrimination after she went through a pregnancy. Her claim alleged that the show rejected her attempts to return as one of the game show's models after she took maternity leave. Of the $8.5 million awarded, $7.7 million was in punitive damages.
The producers of the game show appear to be adamant that they will file an appeal.
When an employee takes either maternity or paternity leave, the situation is ripe for an employer to discriminate. Some employers do not like that they are required by law to allow employees to take a break from work for an extended period of time, and, when the employee does return, the employer can take their frustration out on the employee in a variety of ways. This, however, is not allowed. If anyone in Colorado believes that they have been discriminated against due to taking maternity or paternity leave, as this "The Price is Right" model was, the best course of action is usually to get the right information as soon as possible about the legal options which could be available.
Source: Yahoo! News, "Ex-'Price is Right' model gets $8.5M in damages," Anthony McCartney, Nov. 21, 2012