Justice Department investigating Elon Musk’s SpaceX following complaint of hiring discrimination

A Falcon 9 rocket launches the Transporter-1 mission in January 2021.


The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Elon Musk’s SpaceX over whether the company discriminates against non-U.S. voters in its hiring practices, per court docket paperwork filed on Thursday.

The DOJ’s division of Immigrant and Worker Rights obtained a complaint of employment discrimination from a non-U.S. citizen claiming that the company discriminated against him in conserving alongside with his citizenship arrangement.

“The price alleges that on or about March 10, 2020, in some unspecified time in the future of the Charging Event’s interview for the location of Know-how Approach Affiliate, SpaceX made inquiries about his citizenship arrangement and finally did not hire him for the location because he’s not a U.S. citizen or true everlasting resident,” DOJ approved excellent Lisa Sandoval wrote in a complaint filed Thursday.

SpaceX did not straight answer to CNBC’s place a matter to for observation. The Department of Justice declined to observation.

SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

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The Immigrant and Worker Rights (IER) division says it notified SpaceX by means of email on June 8 that it had opened an investigation, requesting SpaceX to provide records and paperwork linked to its hiring and employment eligibility verification processes.

The complaint says SpaceX replied in August, sending the DOJ a Build I-9 spreadsheet of details about staff dating inspire to June 2019. However SpaceX refused the DOJ’s place a matter to “to make any Build I-9 supporting documentation, corresponding to copies of staff’ passports, driver’s licenses, or Social Safety playing cards,” Sandoval wrote.

IER then got a subpoena on Oct. 7, nonetheless the complaint claims that SpaceX refused to make the subpoenaed paperwork.

SpaceX filed a petition with a DOJ administrative tribunal to push apart the subpoena on grounds that it exceeded the scope of IER’s authority, nonetheless that petition was denied, and SpaceX was ordered to conform. IER says SpaceX on Dec. 11 acknowledged that the uncover, nonetheless urged IER “that it ‘would not beget the will to make any further records per the administrative subpoena.'”

The DOJ’s IER argues that the subpoenaed paperwork are linked because they disclose the extent to which SpaceX hires non-U.S. voters, and says it’s some distance never burdensome, though SpaceX has urged the IER that it would possibly want to retrieve every tale manually.

The Department of Justice is requesting an uncover from the court docket to require SpaceX be conscious the subpoena within two weeks.

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