DOJ Sues SpaceX Over Refugee Hiring Practices

The company cited “export control laws” as the reason for turning down migrants’ applications.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against SpaceX, claiming that the company intentionally lied about federal law to discourage asylees and refugees from applying to their job listings. 

The department filed the lawsuit after conducting an investigation into SpaceX’s hiring practices, finding that company leadership repeatedly cited “export control laws” as the reason they rejected many refugee applicants. Between September 2018 and September 2022, the company had only hired U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

“Asylees and refugees have overcome many obstacles in their lives, and unlawful employment discrimination based on their citizenship status should not be one of them,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke. “Through this lawsuit we will hold SpaceX accountable for its illegal employment practices and seek relief that allows asylees and refugees to fairly compete for job opportunities and contribute their talents to SpaceX’s workforce.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Attorney General Merrick Garland to be led by God in his actions and decisions.
  • For Justice Department attorneys and personnel as they argue cases and process claims.
  • For U.S. companies to follow the laws of the land in their hiring and employment practices.

Sources: Department of Justice


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