LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carney Shegerian, an employee rights attorney and founder of Shegerian & Associates, Inc., a Santa Monica-based litigation law firm representing employees, obtained a discrimination jury verdict Monday for $8,546,384 in favor of his client, Brandi Cochran, in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Shegerian’s client worked as a model on The Price is Right for almost eight years. Cochran was recognized by her colleagues and producers as an extremely professional and dedicated model. Shortly after attempting to return from her pregnancy leave in January 2009, Cochran was fired from the show. She subsequently filed claims for pregnancy and disability discrimination, in addition to wrongful termination, through attorney Shegerian and co-counsel James Urbanic, Esq. The jury found in her favor for pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination, awarding her $776,944 in compensatory damages and $7,769,440 in punitive damages.
During trial, Cochran testified that The Price is Right and FremantleMedia North America treated her differently and terminated her employment because of the stigma related to pregnant models. She also testified that despite being able to perform her job duties, the defendants manufactured fake reasons to justify not rehiring her.
An experienced trial attorney, Shegerian has tried many jury trials to verdict in both state and federal court, always representing individuals that have suffered financial or emotional losses and have been wronged by employers, including major corporations. Shegerian has built a remarkable career on helping those who have been wronged in the workplace. He remains undefeated in federal jury trials and has won 23 seven figure verdicts representing employees.
Located in the City of Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specifically focused on protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators, Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com.