NEW ORLEANS (AP) A longtime assistant to Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson claims he was fired last year in violation of a legal contract.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Saints corporation, Rodney Henry claims that he worked long hours for Benson for approximately 25 years - driving Benson to and from work and doing numerous personal errands for Benson and his wife.

Henry says he made $50,000 a year and was not paid overtime that he was entitled to under federal law. Henry also claims he was fired by a Saints employee despite an agreement that only Benson could terminate Henry's employment. The suit says the breach of that agreement means Henry is entitled to two years' salary.

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