Celine Dion sued by ex handyman over unpaid overtime

Updated: Jun 29, 2012, 18:19 PM IST

New York: Celine Dion is being sued by a former employee over allegations that he is owed overtime pay from 2009.

Florida handyman Keith Sturtevant, who claims that the singer is a tight-fisted taskmaster with her domestic employees, said he was asked to work 48 to 60 hours a week by Dion and her husband Rene Angelil but offered no extra money beyond his 63,000 dollars-per-year salary because he was a designated as a private contractor.

“There is no question he worked just tons and tons of overtime hours, and when it came to a head, that is when he left,” Sturtevant’s lawyer Dennis Card told the New York Daily News.

“My client is not exempt from the Fair Labor Act, and they know it damn well,” Card said.

Sturtevant claims he was the sole employee in charge of a warehouse controlled by Dion, 44, and also worked at her compound in Hobe Sound, Florida, performing “extensive” tasks such as cleaning house shutters, building book shelves, repairing kitchen items, setting up and tearing down event equipment and running errands.

According to the complaint, Dion employed at least three other full-time maintenance workers as independent contractors “in an attempt to avoid paying workers compensation and appropriate federal withholding taxes.”

The lawsuit stated that Sturtevant was hired in March 2009 and worked for Dion until June this year.