The comma that cost companies millions
Friday, September 14, 2018
Posted by: Dana Walker
If you’re texting a loved one or dashing off an email to a colleague, the cost of misplacing a
piece of punctuation will be – at worst – a red face and a minor mix-up.
But for some, contentious commas can be a path to the poor house.
A dairy company in the US city of Portland, Maine settled a court case for $5m earlier this year because of a missing comma.
Three lorry drivers for Oakhurst Dairy claimed that they were owed years of unpaid overtime wages, all because of the way commas were used in legislation governing overtime payments.