Deal reached in Restek FMLA suit

A settlement has been reached in the Family and Medical Leave Act lawsuit filed by the former Restek Corp. vice president of operations against the Bellefonte company.

A mediator filed notice Thursday in U.S. Middle District Court stating that the suit brought by Timothy Hines, of East Falmouth, Mass., against Restek and its president, Bryan Wolcott, had been settled but there were no other details.

Hines was hired in January 2012 as Restek’s only vice president and, over the next year, he claimed his duties were expanded to include overseeing two small companies, Tech-Glass and Glastron Inc., that Restek either owned or was affiliated with.

The suit claimed that Restek founder Paul Silvis made disparaging comments to him and others about his weight and that he should dress differently.

In late spring and early summer of 2013, Hines claimed, the stress of the workplace caused him to see a doctor about once a week because he suffered from fatigue, chest pain, nausea, dizziness and depression.

Hines said he told Wolcott and others that he thought his medical problems were due in part to the harassment and hostile work environment. Although he claimed his complaints were not addressed, he said in July 2013 he was given permission to work from his home one day a week.

He was admitted to a hospital for diagnostic tests but the symptoms returned when he returned to work and his treating physician suggested a leave of absence, the suit states.

On Aug. 28, 2013, Hines began approved leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act. The suit contended the legitimacy of the leave was questioned.

The suit stated he was granted additional time off under the company’s leave policy with an expiration date of this Feb. 4, 2014.

He did not get medical clearance to return on that date and was terminated, allegedly for not returning documents in a timely manner to request more leave, the complaint stated.