The US Justice Department has taken legal action against Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, by filing a lawsuit that accuses the company of engaging in hiring discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers.
The lawsuit alleges that SpaceX systematically discouraged refugees and asylees from applying for jobs and refused to hire or consider them based on their citizenship status from September 2018 to May 2022.
The civil suit follows an investigation that began more than two years ago after a complaint surfaced claiming that SpaceX had discriminated against non-US citizens during its hiring process.
According to reports, The Justice Department claims that SpaceX invoked “export control laws” as a false pretext to limit its hiring pool to only US citizens and green card holders. However, the lawsuit contends that export control laws do not impose such restrictions, and that companies like SpaceX can hire refugees and asylees under these laws.
The alleged discrimination took place across various stages of the hiring process. The lawsuit asserts that SpaceX discouraged refugees and asylees from applying by excluding them from public announcements, job applications, and online recruiting communications. Moreover, the company allegedly failed to fairly evaluate job applications from these individuals and refused to hire them due to their citizenship status.
The Justice Department seeks various forms of relief through the lawsuit. They aim to ensure that SpaceX fairly considers and provides back pay to refugees and asylum seekers who were unfairly denied employment due to alleged discrimination. Additionally, they are seeking civil penalties and policy changes to guarantee compliance.
This lawsuit is not the first time that one of Elon Musk’s companies has faced accusations of discriminatory behavior. Recently, a group of former employees of the social media website formerly known as Twitter (now X) filed a lawsuit against Musk, alleging gender, age, and racial discrimination.
The legal action against SpaceX highlights the broader issues of employment practices and fair treatment within major companies, especially those helmed by high-profile figures like Elon Musk. The case’s outcome could have implications not only for SpaceX but also for the broader conversation around diversity, inclusion, and hiring practices in the tech industry.
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The Washington, D.C., government has reportedly spent $271,231 refurbishing the “Black Lives Matter” street mural in the city, drawing criticism as crime rates surge. The infamous mural, initially painted by Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser in June 2020 during BLM protests, saw taxpayer funds allocated for its recent touch-up, including $217,680 in labor costs and $53,551 in paint supplies, according to reports from Fox News.
In a startling revelation, documents obtained by Judicial Watch have exposed the exorbitant expenses tied to Washington, D.C.’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ street mural refurbishment. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton didn’t mince words, slamming city leaders for what he deemed the ‘waste’ of $270,000 in taxpayer money. The controversy unfolds as crime in the city skyrockets, prompting questions about priorities.
The city’s choice of D.C.-based vendor Equus Striping for the mural project raises eyebrows, especially considering the questionable allocation of funds. The company documented the mural’s makeover on its Facebook page, showcasing the process from preparation to completion. What adds fuel to the fire is that this project took shape against the backdrop of D.C. cutting millions from its police budget since 2020, resulting in a staggering reduction of 400 officers from three years prior.
As crime rates surge in the nation’s capital, a fierce battle ensues between Congress and the D.C. Council over crime proposals. Democratic D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson attempts to downplay the crisis, but stark statistics tell a different story.
Homicides spike by 34%, robberies soar by 68%, motor vehicle theft skyrockets by 93%, and arson flames up by a shocking 125%, all by November 28, 2022. The overall surge in violent crime stands at a disconcerting 40%, with a 27% increase in total crime compared to the same period last year.
Amidst the grim numbers, Councilmember Trayon White Sr. breaks ranks with a call to declare an emergency and possibly deploy the National Guard to quell the rising crime wave. The ongoing clash highlights the intricate challenges faced by D.C. leaders, juggling public safety concerns, resource allocation, and the well-being of the community.
In the midst of escalating crime, the allocation of funds to a mural raises questions about the city’s commitment to genuine solutions and the safety of its residents.
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