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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In his lawsuit, Sturtevant says he originally made about $50,000 per year -- but eventually got a raise to $63,000 per year.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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46.

ahhenter    

Another chump looking for his 15 minutes of fame.

815 days ago
47.

JANE SMITH    

hE COULD HAVE QUIT....IF HE WASN'T HAPPY WITH WHAT HE MADE. nO - hE SUES ONCE HE GETS FIRED.

815 days ago
48.

JANE SMITH    

HE COULD HAVE QUIT IF HE FELT HE WASN'T MAKING ENOUGH...NOPE HE SUES AFTER BEING FIRED....

815 days ago
49.

Elise    

Independent contractor gone rogue? This dude must be angling for MILLIONS in what will end up being some sort of ginned-up wrongful termination suit.
If you have money you will have a giant target on your back. and there is no shortage of slimey lawyers out there to collect...

815 days ago
50.

Pamela    

Isn't it terrible how these rich people (who get rich off of us buying their tickets and paying for their sponsors, etc. and they treat us like poor crap. They think we are dog s__t. We are so far beneath them they laugh all the way to the bank when we spend money to see them and this is how they treat their employees. America wake up and stop overpaying celebrities. That is my MOTTO

815 days ago
51.

Bobbi    

They are Canadian, need I say anymore

815 days ago
52.

NEEM_OIL    

This doesn't surprise me in the least as she comes across as a conceited individual. She would rather make a point of not paying this man, in addition to risking her reputation, all for spite. This is a prime example of greed. I imagine we should refer to Celine as "SWIG" Selfish, Wasteful, Inconsiderate and Greedy! This pretty much sums up her behavior, which, by the way, just isn't acceptable; even in the best of houses!

815 days ago
53.

Deb174    

Of course we don't know the whole story but considering I cannot stand that woman I wouldn't doubt it for a minute. I detest her singing as well and the incredibly weird faces she makes when she sings.

815 days ago
54.

norie    

I hope he gets something...it logistically is "hobe sound" but it's really JUPITER ISLAND and they built an obnoxious palace with a waterpark and various other circus like additions...they have never been known as the NICE people that gravitate to our beautiful Jupiter,Fl....they have been here for years....and noone has ever said a kind word about them...people work hard around here for various artists and famous people and this gentleman should be paid....it's not like they don't have it....it's truely obnoxious

815 days ago
55.

d block    

i would not walk across the street to see her sing

815 days ago
56.

Babyboomer    

Never liked the women before....and I don't now. Frankly, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this was all true.

815 days ago
57.

Wendy    

Oh Celine. Sit down with this man and work it out for goodness sake. Look how good we have all been to you.

815 days ago
58.

Jane Dolan    

I have heard where Celine's husband Renee blows a million at a time at the crap tables. This is really a black eye for her. He looks like a tyrant. I would be humiliated to treat an employee like that if I had her money. Shameful!

815 days ago
59.

Wendy    

Oh Celine for goodness sake. Sit down with this man and work it out. Look how good we have all been to you.

815 days ago
60.

Sara Roberts    

Obama must go. He is destroying this country as we know it!

815 days ago
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