Highmark Settles With Former CEO Over His Firing

April 1, 2016

Highmark Inc. has reached an out-of-court settlement agreement with its former president and CEO to end a legal struggle stemming from his firing.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that court documents filed last Thursday in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, said that the case between the health insurer and Kenneth Melani had been resolved.

Melani said he was wrongfully terminated in 2012 because he refused to fire a female employee with whom he was having an affair. The affair came to light after he got into a fistfight with the woman’s estranged husband.

Melani, who worked at the company for 23 years, said the relationship didn’t violate company policy and Highmark also owed him severance and pension payments.

A Highmark spokesman said the matter was resolved “to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.”

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