NEW ORLEANS — Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery Inc., which operates as DP Bakeshop, has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (W.H.D.).
The bakery, which is known for its crusty French bread used in po-boys and banh mi sandwiches, must pay $127,128 in back wages to 43 employees to settle overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The W.H.D. said the bakery violated the overtime requirements of the F.L.S.A. by paying employees straight time for all the hours they worked and failing to pay them overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in a work week. The W.H.D. also said the bakery violated F.L.S.A. recordkeeping provisions when it failed to keep required payroll records for some employees, paying them in cash with no documentation.
“Employees who work long, hard hours to make ends meet count on being paid for every hour they work, including the time-and-one-half the law requires when they work overtime,” said Betty Campbell, regional administrator with the W.H.D. “The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that employees receive the wages they’ve earned and that employers compete on a level playing field where everyone plays by the same rules.”
Earlier this year Dong Phuong was recognized as one of five recipients of the 2018 America’s Classics award given out by the James Beard Foundation. The award recognizes restaurants that have a “timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community.”