SpaceX Might Be Forced to Comply with a DOJ Subpoena About Possible Hiring Discrimination

The Office of Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER), a part of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), began an investigation of Elon Musk’s SpaceX in June 2020, after a job applicant complained of hiring discrimination. The complaint was based on SpaceX’s not hiring foreigners.

Hiring Discrimination Complaint Filed with IER

The applicant filed a complaint with the IER in May 2020. The complaint alleged that SpaceX asked him about his citizenship status “and ultimately failed to hire him for the position because he is not a US citizen or lawful permanent resident,” as noted in a court document filed by DOJ attorney Lisa Sandoval in January 2021.

The applicant was interviewed for the position of technology strategy associate at SpaceX’s internet project Starlink in March 2020. His resume showed that he held dual Austrian and Canadian citizenship and is a lawful permanent U.S. resident. The applicant further told CNBC that during his interview process, SpaceX did not test him on his technical knowledge, and the company