Harris has held positions in consulting, private and public sectors
Even though no formal press release was issued by the Department of Labor, OFCCP posted on its list of key personnel Ondray T. Harris as the Director and Thomas M. Dowd as the Deputy Director. Craig Leen is also listed as a Senior Advisor. Most recently, Harris jointed the DOL in the spring of 2017 working for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) as a senior advisor. According to his LinkedIn profile, he worked for a little over one year, from May 2016 through June 2017, as a legal consultant for CorVel Corporation/Excalibur Staffing. Before that, he worked from January 2015 through September 2015 as a legal advisor for Fulcrum Government Consulting Solutions as a self-employed legal and policy advisor from June 2013 through December 2014. Prior to these positions, he worked as the Executive Director for the Public Employee Relations Board for over two years where he experienced controversy (see below).
From 2007 to 2010, Harris worked at the Justice Department where he served as Director of the Community Relations Service under the George W. Bush administration. From 2005 to 2007, he served as deputy chief of the Employment Litigation Section where he litigated cases under Title VII and USERRA on behalf of the federal government and military personnel.
Harris earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Hampden-Sydney College and his law degree from Washington and Lee University. He also worked from 2004 to 2005 in the private sector as a partner at LeClairRyan practicing on the management side of labor and employment law.
According to a June 3, 2013 article in the Washington Examiner, while working at the DOJ, Harris wrote a letter accusing two members of the Pubic Employee Relations Board of opposing his decision to hire a qualified white, politically conservation attorney. It also stated that Don Wasserman, who is white, “demanded” that he “refrain from hiring white men.” Harris admitted that “when I first came on to the agency there was no diversity in the agency.” He eventually had to resign from the board, while he was the acting director, because he did not reside in the District of Columbia; however, felt that he was forced out in “retaliation for my refusal to act contrary to law and for my attempt to protect the constitutional and statutory rights of my employees.”