The Justice Department has initiated a lawsuit against SpaceX, accusing the company of engaging in discriminatory hiring practices. The lawsuit stems from instances between September 2018 and May 2022, during which SpaceX officials made erroneous statements on at least 14 occasions, publicly asserting that only individuals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents could be considered for employment due to export control regulations.
These statements, which were also reflected in job listings, are alleged to be inaccurate and in violation of the legal rights of refugees and asylees under federal law. Furthermore, the Justice Department's legal filing referenced a social media post from 2020 in which Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, stated that "US law requires at least a green card" for employment with the company.
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