Former “Price is Right” model Shane Stirling claims she was fired for getting pregnant, and she specifically blames Bob Barker for forcing her out.
Stirling claims that following her announcement that she was pregnant in December 2006, she was “forced into an early pregnancy leave, was not allowed to return to work for almost a year after her child’s birth, and was fired abruptly.”
Stirling has filed a lawsuit seeking over 25,000 in damages.
In the suit, filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court, Stirling alleges Bob Barker played a significant role in her termination, “The host of the game show had always been very kind and generous to Stirling until he learned that she was pregnant.”
Stirling claims Barker would not allow her to work during her pregnancy because it was “dangerous” and a “liability.” She also says she was told by the show’s iconic host to “go home and take care of your baby.”
Stirling was allowed to return to the show in 2008, after Barker left, but was informed that the show was “going in another direction” and was subsequently fired.
In her suit, Stirling claims that had she “been allowed to return to work sooner after having her baby, she could have become acquainted with the new people working on the game show and thereby would have had a better chance to retain her job.”
The show is also being sued by another Barker’s Beauty – Brandi Cochran – who claims staffers treated her so bad when she became pregnant that she suffered a miscarriage.
FremantleMedia, the company that produces the show had no comment.