President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has initiated a discrimination lawsuit against Elon Musk’s aerospace behemoth, SpaceX, for only hiring U.S. citizens.
The lawsuit alleges that the company has been in violation of immigration regulations by discriminately sidelining asylum-seekers and refugees throughout their hiring process.
The lawsuit states, “From at least September 2018 to at least May 2022, SpaceX discriminated against asylees and refugees throughout its hiring process, including during recruiting, screening, and selection, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (‘INA’).”
The Department of Justice claims that refugees and individuals seeking asylum in the United States “had virtually no chance” of consideration for a job at SpaceX.
While the Justice Department claimed the individuals possessed the legal right to work within the U.S., SpaceX reportedly maintained that the company was unable to employ them.
Elon Musk previously tweeted in June of 2020 that the U.S. requires employees to possess “at least a green card” due to rockets being categorized as “advanced weapons technology.”
The lawsuit refutes Musk’s claim, suggesting that SpaceX’s communications may have been misleading.
“In online postings and statements by SpaceX’s CEO and other SpaceX officials and recruiters, SpaceX discouraged asylees and refugees from applying to the company by wrongly stating that SpaceX can only hire U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents,” the lawsuit states.
In addition to the lawsuit against SpaceX, Musk’s X social media platform, formerly Twitter, was recently found in contempt by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell, according to The Daily Caller. A hefty fine of $350,000 was imposed on the platform for failing to produce account information related to former President Donald Trump in a timely manner, a delay that exceeded the court’s deadline by three days.
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