Ondray T. Harris is the former director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the US Department of Labor (DOL). His practice encompasses employment advice, counseling and training regarding all aspects of labor and employment law, including regulatory compliance related to affirmative action and OFCCP, government investigations and crisis management.
Prior to joining the firm, Ondray led the OFCCP’s staff nationwide in enforcing and administering equal opportunity laws. In this role, he helped federal contractors and subcontractors achieve and maintain compliance with nondiscrimination requirements in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other protected classes.
Ondray also served as a senior advisor at DOL, where he led the initiative to assist private industries and states with creating apprenticeship programs that could be taken to scale across the United States. In addition, he was responsible for the oversight of the Employment and Training Administration, an agency under DOL with an over $9 billion annual budget.
Previously, Ondray was the president of the Center for American Racial Equality (CARE) in Washington, DC, and the executive director of the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), a quasi-judicial, independent agency that resolves labor-management disputes between agencies and unions.
In 2007, Ondray was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve a four-year term as the director of the Community Relations Service (CRS) at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), where he oversaw multilateral mediations and resolutions of many national crises involving civil unrest, violence, destruction of property and allegations of discrimination, e.g., the Jena 6 and post-9/11 incidents.
Additionally, in 2005, as deputy chief of the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ, Ondray supervised the litigation of pattern and practice discrimination and USERRA cases. Prior to his tenure at DOJ, Ondray was a partner at a national law firm and an assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Represented the United States in the enforcement of multiple discrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, USERRA and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)
- Represented employers in jury trials and bench trials in federal and state court for employment and other matters
- Represented the United States at the G7 in Turin, Italy, during a workforce development session on closing the “global skills-gaps”
- Advised clients in speech cases and ADA and religion accommodation matters
- Conducted investigations for the US government as well as independent investigations for private employers
- Represented clients in government investigations
- Successfully represented a large corporation in a jury trial to enforce noncompete & nonsolicitation clauses
- Advised corporations on OSHA compliance
- Reviewed arbitrators’ final decisions to ensure compliance with the law and public policy
- Decided Unfair Labor Practice cases
- Mediated disputes between management and unions
- Successfully represented clients in appellate employment litigation
- Represented agencies before congressional committees regarding oversight inquiries
- JD, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1996
- BA, Hampden-Sydney College, 1989
- District of Columbia
- US Supreme Court
- The Federalist Society
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