UC Berkeley Exec Fired Over Improper Pay Raises

The former Assistant Vice Chancellor admitted having a sexual relationship with a subordinate, who's salary rose from about $40,000 in 2005 to $120,000 in 2010.

Monday, May 7, 2012  |  Updated 8:40 PM PDT
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Cal Exec Fired for Giving Pay Raises to Lover

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After the affair was discovered, the university demoted Leite and reduced her salary from $188,000 to $175,000.

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The University of California, Berkeley has fired an administrator who was initially demoted for giving improper pay raises to a subordinate with whom she was having an affair.

UC Berkeley officials say former Assistant Vice Chancellor Diane Leite's firing is effective Tuesday.

The Bay Area News Group reports the 47-year-old Leite admitted to campus investigators that she had a sexual relationship with 31-year-old Jonathan Caniezo. His salary rose from about $40,000 in 2005 to $120,000 in 2010.

After the affair was discovered, the university demoted Leite and reduced her salary from $188,000 to $175,000.

UC Berkeley's decision to fire her comes after faculty members complained that punishment was too lenient and demanded her termination.

Leite's attorney Jane Brunner declined to comment.

Campus officials are considering how to discipline Caniezo.

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