DOJ examining SpaceX after stopping discrimination complaint

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The US Department of Justice is investigating SpaceX whether the company discriminates against non-US citizens in their hiring practices, and says Elon Musk’s company is serving a subpoena for information, according to the court. The documents revealed on Thursday.

The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the DOJ received an employment discrimination complaint from a non-US citizen claiming that the company discriminated against her based on her citizenship status.

“It is alleged that on March 10, 2020 or during an interview with the charging party for the position of technology strategy aide, SpaceX inquired about his citizenship status and ultimately failed to appoint him to the position because he was an American Not a citizen or lawful permanent resident, ”DOJ lawyer Lisa Sandowal wrote in the complaint filed on Thursday.

SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. The Department of Justice declined to comment.

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The Department of Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) says it informed SpaceX via email on June 8 that it had opened an investigation, requesting SpaceX to deal with its hiring and employment eligibility verification procedures Provide information and documents.

The complaint states that SpaceX responded in August, sending a Form I-9 spreadsheet to the DOJ about employees dating back to June 2019. But SpaceX declined the DOJ’s request to “produce any Form I-9 supporting documentation, such as copies of employees. Sandoval wrote, passports, driving licenses, or Social Security cards.”

The IER subsequently received a subpoena on 7 October, but the complaint claims that SpaceX refused to produce subpoena documents.

SpaceX filed a petition with the DOJ Administrative Tribunal dismissing Uppena on the grounds that it exceeded the scope of the IER’s authority, but that petition was denied, and SpaceX was ordered to comply . IER states that on December 11, SpaceX accepted the order, but told IER that “it does not intend to provide any additional information in response to the administrative subpoena.”

The IJ of the DOJ argues that the subpoena documents are relevant because they state the extent to which SpaceX employs non-US citizens, and says that it is not a burden, although SpaceX has told the IER that each The document must be received manually.

The Justice Department is requesting an order from the court requiring SpaceX to comply with the subpoena within two weeks.

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