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A lawsuit has been launched against SpaceX over alleged hiring bias

SpaceX, the pioneering aerospace company led by Elon Musk, is now facing a legal challenge from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over alleged discriminatory hiring practices, specifically targeting refugees. The lawsuit, filed by the DOJ, alleges a pattern of practices within SpaceX that discouraged refugees and asylees from seeking employment opportunities between 2018 and 2022. These actions allegedly violate the Immigration and Nationality Act.

According to the suit, SpaceX’s job listings falsely implied that only people who had US citizenship or green cards were eligible for the job. The company justified this position by invoking federal export control laws.

Although these laws, such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), impose restrictions to prevent foreign access to critical aerospace information for national security reasons, the lawsuit contends that these regulations should not prevent SpaceX hires refugees. The DOJ’s view is that refugees, who have long-term permits to work and reside in the US, should be exempt from these restrictions.

Deputy Attorney General Kristen Clarke, representing the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, stated, “Our investigation found that SpaceX failed to fairly consider and hire asylum seekers and refugees because of their citizenship status and imposed what amounted to a ban on hiring them regardless of their qualifications. in violation of federal law.”

The lawsuit also accuses SpaceX of improperly considering refugee applications, indicating alleged systematic bias.

SpaceX did not immediately respond to the lawsuit or media inquiries.

While Elon Musk previously explained the restrictions imposed by the ITAR on the hiring of foreign nationals, the lawsuit emphasizes that refugees should be treated differently, given the guidance provided by the DOJ.

This legal clash could have far-reaching implications for SpaceX’s extensive government contracts and raises broader questions about equal employment opportunities in the aerospace industry.

This article is sourced from and written by AI.

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