a group of 74 African-Americans, former ABC employees, who had experienced - comma

Leafka

Senior Member
Polish
Hi,

the sentence below is a part of my own text:

XYZ agreed to pay USD 4 million to a group of 74 African-Americans, former ABC employees, who had allegedly experienced various forms of racial harassment by their co-workers and supervisors until the facility's closure in November 2011.

I'm not sure whether to cut the comma after 'employees' or not. Would it make any difference in understanding this sentence? I think not, because the people are both African-Americans who had allegedly experienced... and former ABC employees who had allegedly experienced.
 
  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    It works fine either way. With the comma you are saying "African-Americans who...", and without the comma it's "former ABC employees who...". In this sentence they're entirely equivalent.
     
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