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Why is Diane Leite Still Employed?

A University of California administrator should be fired, not sanctioned, for egregious actions.

U.C. Berkeley administrator Diane Leite accepted a 7 percent cut to her $188,000 salary after protesting a planned 8 percent cut, meted out because she insisted on her sexual partner's rapid pay raises, from $41,000 in 2005 to $120,000 in 2010. She had overruled the supervisor of her boyfriend, Jonathan Caniezo, in granting raises.

After completing mandatory sexual harassment training several times in recent years, she claimed to be unaware that her actions were wrong.

She should either resign immediately, or actions to terminate her employment should begin at once for at least two reasons. State employees at the management level all have repeated sexual harassment training which emphasizes avoidance of the types of actions committed by Leite. Claiming unawareness of this indicates that she is either lying about not knowing, or perhaps even worse, unable to assimilate even simple facts about the inappropriateness of her actions. In either case, her allocating our public money to her sexual partner borders on a criminal action.

Her actions and the resultant wrist tap should lead to additional questions about the insular bubble in which too many University of California administrators reside, and the apparent disconnect from the world in which the rest of us live.

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Chris Kiely April 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Sad to say, but folks seem to not care about stuff like this. If they like the person and their politics, then conflicts of interest are okay, if you don't like them, then it is bad. I always thought bad government was bad government.
Anonymous April 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Sarcastically Profound Satire (NOT!!!) As amazing it seems consenting of sexual/emotional affairs among human adults inevitably occurs. To further effect, such affairs result the notion that “these things just happen.” I find Leite’s plea of ignorance unconscionable simply because her position as vice chancellor, all inclusively, represents leadership in ceremonial fashion. To that extent, reasonably prudent persons trust such executives are connoisseurs of their profession with respect to intelligence, morality, and ethics. If, in fact, Vice Chancellor Diane Leite claimed her consenting behavior of the inevitable affair with a fellow subordinate employee resulting in quid pro quo did not manifest the slightest conflict of interest between her personal aspirations, benefits, and goals and the representation as titular of the university’s commonwealth of fellow staff and resident’s aspirations, benefits, and goals, then evidently she is not capable of fathoming her unbecoming actions. Therefore, her lack of acknowledgment clearly defines her personality and supports her pompous stature.
Andymoon May 05, 2012 at 05:37 PM
SJ Mercury reported she was fired yesterday
Andymoon May 05, 2012 at 05:39 PM
http://www.mercurynews.com/twitter/ci_20550607/uc-berkeley-fires-leite-after-affair

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