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Celine Dion

Sued for Screwing

Employees Out of Overtime

6/28/2012 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0627_celine_dion_reneCeline Dion and her husband are a couple o' tight wads when it comes to compensating employees at their massive Florida compound ... according to a new federal lawsuit filed by their ex-handyman.

TMZ obtained a copy of the suit filed by Keith Sturtevant Wednesday -- and in it he claims he was hired in March 2009 as a "warehouse manager" ... but says he also regularly worked at Celine and Rene Angelil's giant home in Hobe Sound, Florida.

According to the suit, Sturtevant fixed ice makers, cleaned house shutters, built stages, and ran miscellaneous errands for Celine and Rene -- and although he had a "manager" title ... Sturtevant claims he "did not have the power to hire or fire employees."

The suit alleges Celine and Rene "improperly and illegally designated [Sturtevant] as an exempt employee" -- allowing them to avoid paying the overtime ... which Sturtevant claims he's owed since he regularly worked more than 40 hours per week.

Sturtevant's suit claims Celine and Rene improperly slapped the "exempt employee" label on several other employees too. He's suing for all his back overtime wages.

We've reached out to Celine's reps for comment, but so far ... no reply.


Celine Dion

Disgruntled Ex-Employee

Turned Down $10k Severance


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In his lawsuit, Sturtevant says he originally made about $50,000 per year -- but eventually got a raise to $63,000 per year.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

AOL must have run out of Celine Dion uterus stories!

844 days ago


all her money and she has to cheat people very sad

844 days ago


Greed in this country is rampant, and with all the million these two have raked in you'd think they would be more generous with their employees. Especially people who work in their homes. It's sickening to see this, that an employee has to go to this degree to get compensated. So if you're a manager does this entitle an employer to work you to death?

844 days ago


Isn't that how the rich and famous stay RICH. They don't give a darn abut anyone except themselves and their money. Need I say more??

844 days ago


If this turns out to be true...then I will never buy her cds or listen to her again.. this is so disappointing (if proven out) especially given her background... raised in a big family meager money she is the one to raise the bar on the family finances ..we'll see..ok celine?

844 days ago


I have a question that might be considered naive. Why can't this rich princess speak for herself. I don't want to hear spin from her representatives. I want her to step up and confirm or deny this serious allegation herself.

844 days ago


There where other employees who sued Celin a few years ago but I never heard what became of it.. What a cheap skate both her and her husband.. She would'nt get away with this in her home country. She turn out to be a real biatch!

844 days ago


No question she votes Republican, this is Republican way of dealing with workers which is to screw them over and steal from them.

844 days ago

mike hill    

Of course they cheat their employees. She also steal ssongs from people. The Songwriters Guild banned their members from doing businees with her for that reason

844 days ago


Do any of you really know the facts. I bet this guy was paid a good salary and was fired. Now he is coming after them saying he did more. When you are a salaried employee you get perks that hourly workers do not get. I am so tired of people jumping to conclusions before they actually know the whole story. So maybe he is trying to screw them. But you never know unti l he whole story comes out..

844 days ago


Celine Dion isn't responsible for paying her bills, she has a husband and business managers. Someone else will have to answer to the above allegations.

844 days ago

matt hagel     

i'd say OFF WITH THIER HEADS cause i am the red queen. remember people not everybodys nice !!!!

844 days ago


Nothing would surprise me about her and her husband. I live in S Florida and French Canadians have a reputation. "I'm just saying".

844 days ago


For all I know, she could be a Tight Wad, or the guy is being paid 100K a year to be their Janitor and she figured a little favor now and then was expected, as anyone would...

844 days ago


I hope this one is not true, I am a huge fan of Dione and this is very disappointing to read; this is not frugality, but greediness. She has already made hundreds of millions from her fans all over the world, what are they going to do with all those moneys? Unfortunately this is a common deceptive practice by many high and the mighty, they put some of their employee on salary so they don’t have to pay for overtimes.

Dionne prove your fans that this not so or you might end up like the Titanic.

844 days ago
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