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Celine Dion

Sued for Screwing

Employees Out of Overtime

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

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.

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Celine Dion

Disgruntled Ex-Employee

Turned Down $10k Severance


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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In his lawsuit, Sturtevant says he originally made about $50,000 per year -- but eventually got a raise to $63,000 per year.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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16.

Lynn    

Sad, if the story is true and they Celine and her husband cheated employees out of money -- very sad they have the money to pay -- if they don't want to pay what is fair they should scale down their expensive tastes or maybe get off their own butts and do some of the work themselves

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nan    

Excuse me, but many and people who work as a manager work salary.....my husband was in management and he worked more than 40 hrs every week, no overtime pay, but he did make some good money, as I imagine this man did.

755 days ago
18.

Ray    

Let's see what all the facts are before we dump on Celine, To just dump on her for what an x employee says seems unfair. Let's keep the American right of being innocent alive, until all the facts are in. I believe this worker should indeed get all that is coming to him if in fact his accusations prove to be true.

755 days ago
19.

James    

Obviously these folks don't realize that Florida is one of those states that is not like many. OT pay at 1.5 times pay or whatever is not mandatory.
I moved here from Tennessee 3 years ago and I work my employees extra hours all the time at straight pay. I of course tell them first.

755 days ago
20.

Gary    

I used to like her--not any more.

755 days ago
21.

Paul138    

This does not surprise me.I have always thought Celine was a big phony balony.Her and her grandpa husband are greedy s***bags.I hope the employess win their lawsuit and Celine get out of Vegas, we have had enough of you!!

755 days ago
22.

Denny    

Dion may not be behind it all, that old fart mutt huz of her's has a gambling prob known forever and he rides her cash like a jockey at the track. lighten up on her, she sings, he's the screwup, and if it weren't for pills, she'd be looking for harder and bigger and younger things to deal with in her life

755 days ago
23.

Insider    

There are 2 sets of rules for Dion staff, one for Canadians and the other for non-Canadians.

755 days ago
24.

CARLOS    

Why he didn't resign the first minute.....?

755 days ago
25.

eddie    

I have done work for many people that make good money and they always complain about the bill.. and the ones you know are just getting by dont even question the bill... so expect to get paid from a poor person vs a rich

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sandra    

First of all, this is allegations, we don't know if it is true or not. Sounds like the man that filed the lawsuit might just be a disgruntled ex-employee that wants his name in the papers. However, if it is true, I hope Celine gets just what she deserves, a concert with NO fans.

755 days ago
27.

mike halper    

How cheap i urge all people do not buy any of her cd's do not see her in concert take money away from her.ALL THER MONEY SHE HAS AND MAKES AND HAS TO BE THIS DAMM CHEAP BOYCOTT HER I AM FOREVER

755 days ago
28.

pollyhanaha    

Some how I doubt that either one of them knew this was happening. I'm sure there are others within their camp that are making these decisions, on their behalf of course, but I just don't believe it was from them directly. They just don't seem to be the type to do something like this.

755 days ago
29.

Larry    

Come on Celine, you can afford to SHARE the wealth and pay your employees a fare wage for their overtime dedication and for your continuing success.

755 days ago
30.

Ed    

I remember when she promised a million dollars to some relief fund (while she was fundraising) and then never paid up.

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