Maine Dairy Drivers Settle Overtime Case That Hinged On An Absent Comma
Here’s a story that might convince you that paying attention to your grammar lessons might one day put money in your pocket.
Thanks to the absence of the comma in the wording of a state law laying out what activities qualify a worker for overtime pay, more than 120 drivers for the Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, Maine, are eligible to share a $5 million legal settlement announced today.
The case started in 2014 when several drivers for the milk and cream company filed a lawsuit claiming that they never received overtime pay for which they were eligible.
A federal court in Maine ruled that the drivers were not entitled to overtime pay because the pertinent state law exempted those who perform these duties:
“The canning, processin… Continue Reading (2 minute read)