USA: Department of Justice sues SpaceX for allegedly discriminating against asylum recipients in hiring procedures
Date Reported: 25 Aug 2023
Location: United States of America
CompaniesSpaceX - Employer
Total individuals affected: Number unknownMigrant & immigrant workers: ( Number unknown - Location unknown - Sector unknown , Gender not reported ) , Refugees: ( Number unknown - Location unknown - Sector unknown , Gender not reported )
IssuesRacial, ethnicity, caste or origin discrimination
Response sought: Yes, by Justice Department
External link to response: (Find out more)
Action taken: The Justice Department is seeking to have SpaceX pay civil penalties determined by a judge, hire the applicants who were qualified but rejected because of their citizenship status and give back pay to those who were discriminated against.
Source type: News outlet
"US sues SpaceX, alleges hiring discrimination against asylum recipients, refugees", 25 August 2023
The U.S. Justice Department sued Elon Musk-owned rocket and satellite company SpaceX on Thursday for allegedly discriminating against asylum recipients and refugees in hiring.
"The lawsuit alleges that, from at least September 2018 to May 2022, SpaceX routinely discouraged asylees and refugees from applying and refused to hire or consider them, because of their citizenship status, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act," the Justice Department said in a statement.
In job postings and public statements over several years, SpaceX wrongly claimed that under federal regulations known as export control laws, SpaceX could hire only U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, sometimes referred to as "green card holders," the Justice Department said...
...Musk described the Justice Department lawsuit against SpaceX as "weaponization of the DOJ for political purposes." In a post on X, the SpaceX CEO said the company "was told repeatedly that hiring anyone who was not a permanent resident of the United States would violate international arms trafficking law, which would be a criminal offense."..
...The United States seeks fair consideration and back pay for asylum recipients and refugees who were deterred or denied employment at SpaceX due to the alleged discrimination, the Justice Department said. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties in an amount to be determined by court and policy changes to ensure SpaceX complies with the federal non-discrimination mandate going forward...