“DOJ Needs to Sue Themselves”- Elon Musk on Charges Against SpaceX

“DOJ Needs to Sue Themselves”- Elon Musk on Charges Against SpaceX

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a lawsuit against Elon Musk’s pioneering rocket company, SpaceX, accusing it of discriminating against job seekers who are refugees or have been granted asylum. However, in a twist that could only be expected from the often-controversial entrepreneur, Musk has pointedly suggested that the DOJ should consider examining its practices.


Musk Counters DOJ’s Charges Against SpaceX

Central to this lawsuit is the contention from the Justice Department that SpaceX, by leveraging federal export control laws, wrongfully deterred certain non-citizen groups from seeking employment. These laws primarily protect U.S. national security interests by restricting the transfer of sensitive technologies and information.

While these controls apply to non-U.S. nationals, the DOJ highlighted that “U.S. persons” envelop a broader group – including refugees, asylum grantees, U.S. citizens, and permanent residents.

Elon Musk, never one to shy away from confrontation, responded with a counter-argument, implying that the DOJ might not strictly adhere to its rules. This suggestion, although pointed, did not specify which exact rules or practices of the DOJ were under Musk’s scrutiny.

The Allegations at Hand

Beyond the overarching issue of hiring policies, the DOJ’s complaint delves deeper into specific roles at SpaceX. They allege that the company’s discriminatory practices weren’t limited to high-end roles requiring advanced degrees but extended to positions like welders, cooks, and crane operators.

If the DOJ’s allegations stand, many who sought employment at SpaceX may have been unjustly turned away. As a result, the department is pushing for both back pay for affected individuals and unspecified civil penalties against SpaceX.

While the court battle ensues, what’s clear is that this incident represents another chapter in the story of Elon Musk’s frequent and fiery interactions with U.S. governmental bodies. Only time will tell how this particular clash plays out, but it’s certain to grab headlines in the interim.

Sunil is a serial entrepreneur and has been working in blockchain and cryptocurrency space for 2 years now. Previously he co-founded Govt. of India supported startup InThinks and is currently Chief Editor at Coingape and CEO at SquadX, a fintech startup. He has published more than 100 articles on cryptocurrency and blockchain and has assisted a number of ICO’s in their success. He has co-designed blockchain development industrial training and has hosted many interviews in past. Follow him on Twitter at @sharmasunil8114 and reach out to him at sunil (at) coingape.com

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