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US Government Sues SpaceX Over Hiring Practices

The US government has announced a lawsuit against Elon Musk’s SpaceX, saying that the rocket company discriminates against refugees and asylum seekers in SpaceX hiring.

According to the US government, SpaceX falsely stated that it was not permitted to recruit non-US nationals. The DoJ inquiry against SpaceX was spurred by charges of discrimination by a foreign worker. The BBC has reached out to SpaceX News for comment.

From September 2018 through May 2022, the DoJ claimed that SpaceX “routinely discouraged asylees and refugees from applying and refused to hire or consider them due to their citizenship status.”

A person who has been given refuge is known as an asylee. SpaceX allowed them to work in the United States, apply for a social security card, request authorization to travel abroad and bring family members.

Because of “export control laws,” The CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, has authorized his firm to recruit citizens and green card holders, according to the DOJ. Moreover, Elon Musk on Twitter tweeted about this SpaceX news.

However, the Department of Justice stated that this was incorrect and that these statutes did not need such limits. The SpaceX hiring that reportedly barred refugee and asylee candidates ranged from rocket engineering to dish-washing and cooking.

The Department of Justice has requested SpaceX to consider giving backpay to employees who were wrongfully refused jobs due to this alleged prejudice.

This is not the first time one of Elon Musk’s businesses has been accused of discrimination.

A group of former Twitter employees, now known as TwitterX, filed a complaint earlier this month alleging that Elon Musk participated in gender, age, and racial discrimination.

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