With over 20 years of experience in labor, employment, and education law, Eileen O'Hare-Anderson has an extensive background in the successful resolution of many employment, education-related, and business and facilities, issues. Her primary area of expertise is representing and advising community college districts in a general counsel role, in all phases of education-related matters, including general business issues.
Eileen is experienced in representing community college districts in arbitrations and administrative proceedings regarding discipline of permanent employees and the release of probationary faculty members. She has also conducted numerous investigations into various allegations including discrimination and harassment investigations. Eileen also has experience working with staff in the day-to-day issues which arise in the facilities and general business area including negotiating leases and agreements, contact review, easement issues and bidding questions.
Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Eileen served as General Counsel for the State Center Community College District, in Fresno. In that capacity she advised and represented the District, the Board of Trustees and the Personnel Commission in a variety of legal matters, including discipline hearings, administrative complaints, litigation, and policy review. Eileen has represented the District before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, she regularly provides advice and counsel in employment relations matters, including negotiations. She has also handled public finance matters, bid protests and disqualification of apparent low bidders.
Early in her career, Eileen handled all phases of litigation from initial pleadings to post-trial motions. She has experience in State and Federal Appellate Courts as well as the California Supreme Court. Eileen frequently presents training and workshops on employment and education topics including the "67% rule," preventing discrimination and harassment, merit system procedures, and performance documentation and evaluation. She has also handled eminent domain matters for public agencies.