US Justice Department Sues Elon Musk’s SpaceX Over Hiring Policy

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The US Department of Justice(DOJ), has said it is suing Elon Musk’s SpaceX, alleging the rocket firm discriminates against refugees and asylum seekers in its hiring practices. The DOJ says SpaceX falsely claimed that it was not allowed to hire non-US citizens. The investigation into SpaceX by the DOJ was prompted after allegations of discrimination from a foreign worker.

“Our investigation found that SpaceX failed to fairly consider or hire asylees and refugees because of their citizenship status and imposed what amounted to a ban on their hire regardless of their qualification; in violation of federal law,” said Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Ms. Clarke added that the DOJ’s investigation found “SpaceX recruiters and high-level officials took actions that actively discouraged asylees and refugees from seeking work opportunities at the company.”

The Justice Department said it would seek back pay for asylum seekers and refugees who were deterred or denied employment at SpaceX due to alleged discrimination and for the court to impose civil penalties on the company.

“Asylees and refugees have overcome many obstacles in their lives, and unlawful employment discrimination based on their citizenship status should not be one of them,” Clarke added. “Through this lawsuit we will hold SpaceX accountable for its illegal employment practices and seek relief that allows asylees and refugees to fairly compete for job opportunities and contribute their talents to SpaceX’s workforce.”

 

 

 

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