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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In his lawsuit, Sturtevant says he originally made about $50,000 per year -- but eventually got a raise to $63,000 per year.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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61.

Jane Dolan    

Shame on you both Celine and Renee. If you don't want to pay your employees, don't hire them. Simple.
Take care of your own property big celebrities! Renee
got lucky. I hear he blows millions at the crap table but can't pay his employees what they deserve..shame on you!!!

825 days ago
62.

kats    

I can SERIOUSLY " BELIEVE " this. He's ruled her life for how many years!!!!!!!!!!!! Sadly...once a DIVA, always a DIVA!

825 days ago
63.

jtoose    

How did that creep husband not go to jail for sleeping with 14 year old Dion?.....he looks like her father!!

825 days ago
64.

Susan Hofflander    

Oh, Celine. This is just sad. Pay the man what he's owed and be done with it. If you've arbitrarily assigned folks as "exempt" then shame on you. I used to defend you against my kids who don't like you. But, if this is true, then, I will stop defending you. At some point, right is right and this is not right.

825 days ago
65.

maggie    

pwer greed

825 days ago
66.

Eric     

The Canadians have no idea how to tip too !

825 days ago
67.

wadda    

look at celines neck and her face.. she needs the money for more plastic surgery thats why she dont wanna pay these dudes the money they deserve! shame on you bitch

825 days ago
68.

grandpa    

all hear say . if your a dem you are anti well do to do people '

825 days ago
69.

Brenda Hubbs    

It is hard to judge this famous couple based on an ex-employees complaints and not hearing their side of the story. However, paying between $50,000. - $63.000. per year for a handyman, certainly sounds fair.

825 days ago
70.

Bruce Allen    

Everyone seems to be Slamming Celine....ever think that it may be just a greedy disgruntled employee trying to jump on the law suit band wagon just to get something for free...

825 days ago
71.

Bebe    

Obviously this guy is just bitter because he got fired for poor performance. Typical weenie trying to milk more money out of them because he got canned. What a JERK!

825 days ago
72.

maki    

Oh well we know Canadians are know to be very frugal!!

825 days ago
73.

Ray     

I always knew that women had evil intention ...

825 days ago
74.

kathy johnson    

many manager are not paid overtime, my ex became a boss and put in several hours past 40, he was paid a salary, this guy sounds money hungry to me

825 days ago
75.

Lucee    

Yikes, that's a pretty dismal thing, IF it's true-- and I know it would cost Dion millions of fans, to learn she is THAT kind of person....with ALL those zilliosn of $$$ she has had at her disposal!!! Just sayin'....be fair.....

825 days ago
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