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Model sues 'Price is Right' producers for sexual harassment

For decades, "The Price is Right" has been one of America's favorite television game shows. For many fans, one of its appeals is that the show is both entertaining and wholesome. Apparently, though, behaviors backstage do not always match what viewers see.

A former model on The Price is Right recently filed a lawsuit against the show's two producers and their production company, Fremantle Media North America. She alleges that her producers engaged in sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

The woman was a model on the show from 2003 through the end of 2010. According to her attorney, she was "a fan favorite and the longest tenured model on 'TPIR.'" For the first six years of her employment, she says she enjoyed a good working environment.

According to court documents, things changed in December of 2009. She alleges that one of her producers began to treat her with hostility after he entered into a relationship with another model on the show.

New policies began to emerge without warning, and the producers showed favoritism towards other models while she endured verbal harassment and public humiliation.

On one occasion, one of her producers burst into the dressing room to reprimand her for not wearing a microphone on stage. He did not knock first, and she was naked except for a thong bikini bottom. She alleges that he continued to castigate her in front of other models in the dressing room.

After she filed complaints, she says, her producers created such a hostile work environment that she was forced to quit. She resigned in December of 2010.

Considering she is a model, these are not the typical sexual harassment allegations one might expect. However, her attorney argues that the damage was very real. He says: "This case is about senior-level men in the entertainment industry exploiting power and control over women by bullying and harassing female talent. . . Once the harassment began, she was powerless to stop it."

Source: LA Times, "'Price is Right' model sues show for alleged sexual harassment," Andrew Blankstein, Sept. 7, 2011

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