A Sausalito man who worked as a personal assistant to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has filed a lawsuit claiming years of unpaid overtime.

Steven Wiig, 38, is seeking unspecified damages for alleged state and federal labor violations, breach of oral contract and continuing wages, according to the suit in Marin Superior Court. The lawsuit names Ulrich and Team Tours, a Burbank company that issued Wiig's paychecks, as defendants.

A case management conference is set for June 24 before Judge Lynn Duryee.

Wiig said he was a "non-exempt" employee from 2001 to 2009, working at Ulrich's home and studio in Marin and going on Metallica's worldwide tours. Wiig says he worked as Ulrich's chauffeur, managed his art collection, arranged scheduling and performed numerous other tasks and errands on request.

Wiig claims he worked up to 70 hours a week while Ulrich was in Marin and up to 80 hours a week while Metallica was on tour. "Wiig was essentially on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week," his Los Angeles-based lawyers, Alan Harris and David Zelenski, said in the complaint.

Wiig said he was paid $1,730.76 every two weeks, or $45,000 a year, and had an oral agreement for annual bonuses.

Wiig said he did not receive bonuses in 2006 and 2008, and when he left the job in February 2009, he was not paid for the accumulated overtime he was owed. Wiig says he received a "partial bonus" of $20,000 in December 2010.

Wiig's lawsuit does not specify how much money he is seeking. The suit also seeks legal costs.
eter Paterno, an attorney for Ulrich in Los Angeles, said Wednesday that he has not seen the lawsuit, but he said Wiig is significantly understating his compensation. According to Paterno, Wiig was paid $110,000 a year before bonuses, plus free rent and car.

"Lars' accountant is checking on 2006, but Steve got bonuses in every other year of his employment, deserved or not," Paterno said via email. "Specifically, in 2008, he received an extra $18,000. So it's not clear what's motivating this, but it really doesn't seem to be about his compensation, does it?"

Wiig is now a musician and occasional actor who has appeared in the movies "Milk" and "Into the Wild," according to his website.