The Justice Department is suing SpaceX for allegedly not hiring refugees and asylees

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against SpaceX, alleging discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers in its hiring practices from September 2018 to May 2022.

Alleged Violations: The lawsuit claims that SpaceX discouraged refugees and asylum recipients from applying for positions and favored hiring only U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
* SpaceX purportedly falsely stated it could not hire non-U.S. citizens because of export control laws, according to the Justice Department.
* The Department points out that, under export control laws, refugees and asylum seekers have the same rights to live and work in the U.S. as citizens and lawful permanent residents.

SpaceX’s Defense: SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk has refuted the allegations and claims the lawsuit is the DOJ being used for political purposes.
* Musk stated on X, formerly known as Twitter, that hiring non-U.S. permanent residents would breach international arms trafficking law, a criminal offense.

Evidence and Impact: The Justice Department found that in about 10,000 hires made between 2018 and 2022, only one individual was an asylee, and none were refugees.
* The department cited applicants with refugee or asylum status who had suitable experiences for the roles but were rejected.
* The lawsuit seeks civil penalties, back pay for those discriminated against, and the hiring of qualified applicants who were not selected due to their citizenship status.

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