Skip to comments.UC Berkeley adviser fired after affair
Posted on 05/06/2012 6:31:54 AM PDT by SmithL
A former UC Berkeley assistant vice chancellor who doubled the salary of a male subordinate during a 15-month affair has been fired from the university.
Diane Leite, 47, who had already been bumped from her assistant vice chancellor's job, was dismissed from the six-figure-salary adviser's job where she had landed, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof confirmed Friday.
Leite's relationship with purchasing manager Jonathan Caniezo, who is 17 years her junior, was detailed in a whistle-blower letter to her boss back in August. Records show that Caniezo's pay grew from $57,864 in late 2008 to $120,000 in 2010.
When the scandal went public in March, the university came under sharp attack, both on campus and in the state capital, for its decision not to fire the administrator.
An investigation concluded that Leite, who oversaw Caniezo's campus research department, had broken the school's sexual harassment policies. She was subsequently reassigned from her $188,000-a-year job as head of the research office to an adviser's role that paid $175,000.
Amid the subsequent public furor, sources familiar with the case tell us, Leite was asked to resign. Instead, she hired attorney and Oakland City Councilwoman Jane Brunner to fight her case. Her dismissal was recently upheld at an internal hearing.
"Everything was done by the book," said Mogulof, declining further to comment further.
Brunner did not return our calls.
With 30 years at the university, Leite is vested and will keep her pension, though she may fall short of the benchmark for receiving health benefits for life.
Incidentally, from what we hear, Caniezo is also facing serious disciplinary action from the university - with a big rollback of his salary.
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You can figure her pension at a minimum of $100k. Who pays for this mess? Students via tuition...who will still be paying thirty years from now...which is a sad part about this story.
Something doesn't jibe here.
Of course, these hypocritical capitalist administrators do things differently within the enclaves of socialist higher education.
Might be a silly point, but she started working at Berkley at age 17?
Her real crime was carrying on a heterosexual affair.
At least it was a heterosexual relationship. That was a surprise. And unexpected!
She’s 47 and was with the University 30 years? Did she start there right out of high school? And making $188K/year? Methinks we all followed the wrong career path.
I’d hit it.
Hmmm...30’yeras....at age 47. Unfortunately I think I’m beginning to see how some of OUR public employees may lay claim to generous 6 figure salaries and pensions.
Probably started out as a junior secretary at $4 an hour in 1981. The portion of public universities’ administration not occupied by academics or licensed professionals are set up like the civil service, with no clear hierarchy class divide — supervisors are chosen from clericals and management from supervisors who go off and get BAs at night school.
The guy that ran LA Unified school district did the same thing for his female staffer with the same salary increases for do nothing jobs and he just got sentenced to jail for a few years.
I’d hit it.
If the “subordinate” was a woman, they doubtless would have made this lady Chancellor.
That's a heckuva raise!
If her love interest was a woman she’d be in the clear.
Wow, lots of speculation that this woman got nailed because she has this affair with a man.
In today’s environment, it does make you wonder. Would anything have been done if she had been carrying on a lesbian relationship???? Would Lambda Legal and the ACLU and others shown up with counter-lawsuits, claiming “discrimination”, if she were being reprimanded for the exact same situation with another woman????