SpaceX, Elon Musk sues the Department of Justice over discrimination allegations

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There is no peace for Elon Musk. The billionaire has decided to sue the US Department of Justice, defining the legal action for discrimination brought against SpaceX as unconstitutional, accused of adopting hiring practices that discriminate against refugees and those seeking asylum. The company allegedly told would-be workers that it could only hire American citizens or legal permanent residents following federal rules.

The story

According to authorities, SpaceX between September 2018 and May 2022 discouraged refugees and asylum seekers from applying for employment by rejecting their applications and hiring due to their citizenship status, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The company denies the allegations and explains in its lawsuit against the Department that some of the positions within the company fall under national security laws which therefore prohibit the hiring of foreigners.

What we know

According to reports Forbes, in the lawsuit the Justice Department pointed to a 2020 tweet from Musk in which the billionaire states that “U.S. law requires at least a green card to be employed at SpaceX, as rockets are considered advanced technological weapons,” and a video released by the company in September 2016 in which the company founder says that a normal work visa is not enough to work at SpaceX. Furthermore, the Department characterized these hiring practices as “routine, widespread, and long-standing” and said they “harm asylum seekers and refugees.”