‘Price Is Right’ Model Alleges Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination

A former model on “The Price Is Right” game show filed a lawsuit September 7, 2011, alleging sexual harassment and wrongful termination by producers who continually humiliated and berated her, according to the Los Angeles Times. Lanisha Cole named the producers of the game show, Adam Sandler and Michael G. Richards (neither of whom are related to the actor-comedians of the same name), as well as their production company, Fremantle Media North America, in the 20-page civil complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The suit alleges that Richards suddenly and inexplicably stopped speaking to Cole and began showing favoritism to another model with whom he was having a relationship in December 2009, according to the Times. In addition to Richards using policies “which never before existed” to limit Cole’s modeling work on the show, the model also cited an occasion in September 2010 in which Sandler allegedly burst into her dressing room despite a “Knock Before Entering” sign and berated  Cole for failing to wear a microphone. The model’s attorney told the Times that “Sandler deliberately humiliated Ms. Cole in front of her peers” while Cole was naked from the waist up and clad only in “a very sheer thong bikini underwear bottom.”

Cole’s case is more representative of a “hostile working” environment than quid pro quo sexual harassment. If you feel you have been a victim of unwanted sexual advances, or have questions about what constitutes sexual harassment, contact one of our Los Angeles employment attorneys today to set up a consultation and get information about what to do when you encounter harassment at work.

Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob – Los Angeles employment lawyer

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