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Danbury bakery to pay back wages to workers

A federal court has ordered three bakeries located in Danbury and in Mount Vernon, New York, along with their owner to pay nearly $1 million in back wages and liquidated damages to 74 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found that Pedro Coelho and Padaminas Brazilian Bakery violated the overtime requirements when they paid employees, primarily bakers and counter staff, who worked more than 40 hours per week straight time instead of time-and-a-half their regular pay rates. The employers also failed to keep records of employees’ work hours and compensation paid.  The consent order is for little more than $476,000 in back wages, with an equal amount in liquidated damages.  There's also a $41,500 civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Labor due to what DOL says was the violations’ willful nature.  The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that most employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime pay at not less than time and one-half the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.