SpaceX Faces Legal Firestorm: Allegations of Discrimination Rock Elon Musk’s Empire
The US government has officially declared its intention to file a lawsuit against SpaceX, the company led by Elon Musk.
The lawsuit specifically revolves around allegations of discriminatory practices related to the employment of individuals seeking asylum and refugees. This legal action was formally announced through a press release issued today.
The accusations against SpaceX entail claims that the company actively dissuaded individuals seeking asylum and refugees from submitting job applications and declined to hire or even consider them, as stated in the press release.
These alleged incidents span from September 2018 to May 2022. The rationale behind this alleged discrimination was rooted in distinguishing applicants based on their citizenship status, which is deemed a violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Elon Musk is a well-known figure recognized for his involvement in several noteworthy enterprises within the technology industry. Even more attention fell upon him following his acquisition of Twitter. This move further augmented his prominence alongside his other high-profile ventures like Tesla, SpaceX, and Neurolink.
However, it is now SpaceX that finds itself confronted with a fresh legal challenge presented by the US government.
To be specific, the US Department of Justice is preparing to initiate legal proceedings against Elon Musk’s SpaceX in response to allegations of discriminatory conduct. This lawsuit asserts that the company practiced discrimination when it came to hiring individuals seeking asylum and refugees. Such behavior directly contradicts the mandates outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Furthermore, the lawsuit contends that SpaceX misrepresented “export control laws” from federal regulations within their job postings. Consequently, the aerospace manufacturer asserted that it was bound by these regulations to exclusively consider “US citizens and lawful permanent residents” for employment.
However, the lawsuit counters this claim by stating that “export control laws” do not actually impose any restrictions on hiring practices. Furthermore, the lawsuit emphasizes that both individuals seeking asylum and refugees possess the legal authorization to reside and work within the United States, albeit with an expiration date.