Oxford comma helps drivers win dispute about overtime pay

(The Guardian) — Never let it be said that punctuation doesn’t matter. In Maine, the much-disputed Oxford comma has helped a group of dairy drivers in a dispute with a company about overtime pay. The Oxford comma is used before the words “and” or “or” in a list of three or more things. Also known as the…

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A missing comma keeps Oakhurst Dairy labor lawsuit alive

(Bangor Daily News) — A Maine labor dispute appeal decided on Monday hinged on perhaps the nerdiest, most contentious punctuation debate of all — the Oxford comma. The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a group of Oakhurst Dairy truck drivers, who sued the company’s owners three years ago for unpaid overtime wages. The…

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One comma left out gives judge pause in Oakhurst overtime case

(Portland Press Herald) — Grammarians rejoice! The Oxford comma survives. Chances are you’ve never heard of this arcane little punctuation mark, considered by many a useless piece of clutter amid the complexities of proper English usage. Only, it isn’t. In fact, the absence of an Oxford comma, also known as a serial comma, could soon cost…

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Oxford Comma Wins Court Case For Workers

(The Onion) — Maine dairy workers argued in a recent lawsuit that the lack of an Oxford comma in their contract rendered its overtime exemptions too vague and that they were thus eligible for overtime wages, an argument that won them the case. What do you think? “What, now you’ve got to follow grammar rules to…

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Oakhurst Drivers to Proceed with Class-Action Overtime Suit

(Mainebiz) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of five Maine truck drivers seeking to bring a class-action suit against Oakhurst Dairy over alleged unpaid overtime. The drivers, who had been on Oakhurst’s payroll from a few years to more than a decade, claim the Portland-based maker of milk, cream, cottage cheese and…

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An Oxford comma changed this court case completely

 (CNN) — If you have ever doubted the importance of the humble Oxford comma, let this supremely persnickety Maine labor dispute set you straight. A group of dairy drivers argued that they deserved overtime pay for certain tasks they had completed. The company said they did not. An appeals court sided with the drivers, saying…

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Jeff Young at the Rally Against Immigration Ban, "Trump’s actions 'eerily similar' to actions taken during the Holocaust

Read the entire story here at the Portland Press Herald Protesters say ‘immigrants are welcome here’ as 1,500 rally in Portland to oppose Trump’s order The crowd shows support for Maine’s Muslims and immigrants in response to the president’s suspension of refugee programs and admissions from seven Muslim-majority nations. About 1,500 people gathered Wednesday afternoon…

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