Da Yang Seafoods, a fish processor on the Port of Astoria’s Pier 2, has been fined $60,000 for meal, rest period and overtime violations.
The state Bureau of Labor and Industries received employee complaints in 2015 and started an investigation. Compliance specialists determined that between August and October 2015, Da Yang failed to provide meal periods to 146 employees on 1,393 occasions.
Da Yang also failed to provide rest periods to 77 employees on 213 occasions. On 40 occasions, the company worked employees in excess of 13 hours, violating maximum hour requirements for manufacturing establishments.
“Oregon’s wage and hour protections help ensure the health and safety of our workforce,” Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said in a release. “We’re committed to fair enforcement of worker protections so that employees are treated fairly and other law-abiding businesses have a level playing field on which to compete.”
Da Yang will pay the civil penalties in six monthly allotments of $10,000 starting this month. The state will suspend $24,000 in additional civil penalties if Da Yang complies with wage and hour laws for at least three years. By signing a consent order, the company waived the right to a contested case hearing.
Following the Da Yang investigation, the bureau’s new proactive investigation and enforcement unit audited other seafood processors to ensure compliance with wage and hour laws.
In December 2015, the state Department of Environmental Quality fined Da Yang $85,319 for discharging wastewater from its Pier 2 processing plant into the Columbia River between June 2008 and May 2015 without a federal permit.