Milk truck drivers for Oakhurst Dairy in Maine have won $10 million in an appeal court decision that hinged on a comma in the law governing overtime.
The company argued that the lack of a comma means that the drivers are not covered by the law exempting employers from paying for overtime.
Lawyers for the drivers won the argument that they are due overtime pay.
The law exempts companies for paying overtime for workers who are engaged in “packing for shipment or distribution.”
The drivers’ lawyers argued they don’t do packing, so the companies can’t exempt them from overtime pay.
Oakhurst Dairy’s lawyers say they plan to continue to fight against the requirement to pay their drivers overtime.