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Celine Dion

Disgruntled Ex-Employee

Turned Down $10k Severance

6/28/2012 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Celine Dion
says the ex-employee who's suing her got more than enough cash to cover his alleged overtime -- and she says he turned down a $10,000 payout when he was fired.

TMZ broke the story, Keith Sturtevant -- a former "warehouse manager" for Celine and her husband -- filed a federal lawsuit ... claiming he was never paid overtime even though he regularly worked more than 40 hours per week during his 3 plus years of service.

But a rep for Celine tells TMZ, Sturtevant was "paid a handsome yearly salary that covered overtime for his services for three years."

In his lawsuit, Sturtevant says he originally made about $50,000 per year -- but eventually got a raise to $63,000 per year.

The rep also claims Sturtevant turned down a very handsome severance package -- vacation pay plus $10k -- when he was fired last month.

We're told Sturtevant got the boot due to poor performance.

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Joan K    

Sounds to me like he got greedy and a bit lazy.

814 days ago
32.

Tracy    

If he was a "manager," he was most likely classified as an exempt employee, and therefore, not entitled to overtime. End of story. Maybe next time he'll take the overtime over the fancy title.

814 days ago
33.

Sean    

Celine is an extremely talented, beautiful, incredible woman. She's very talented, and is not bitchy/diva-ish like Mariah or Christina are... so yes, I can see her doing this. She's a beautiful person!!

814 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

A $13 thou raise after only three years! And ten grand departure bonus? Wow, this guy must be looking for publicity for his new book? cause this isn't the kind of thing a prospective employer is going to want to read.

814 days ago
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