September 23, 2023

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Division of Justice sued SpaceX Thursday, alleging Elon Musk’s Hawthorne-based area firm discriminated towards refugees and asylum seekers in its hiring practices.

The lawsuit alleges that between 2018 and 2022, Hawthorne-based SpaceX “wrongly claimed” that export management legal guidelines restricted its hiring to U.S. residents and lawful everlasting residents.

The DOJ mentioned it has been investigating SpaceX since June 2020, when the division’s Immigrant and Worker Rights Part obtained a criticism of employment discrimination from a non-U.S. citizen.

SpaceX didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

“Our investigation discovered that SpaceX didn’t pretty take into account or rent asylees and refugees due to their citizenship standing and imposed what amounted to a ban on their rent no matter their qualification, in violation of federal legislation,” Kristen Clarke, assistant lawyer basic of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, mentioned in an announcement.

Clarke added that SpaceX “recruiters and high-level officers took actions that actively discouraged asylees and refugees from searching for work alternatives on the firm.”