Saturday, August 26, 2023

"Biden administration SUES Elon Musk's SpaceX for 'only hiring US citizens' and 'discouraging' asylum seekers and refugees from applying for jobs"

 From the Daily Mail, August 25:

  • The lawsuit is the latest sign of tension between Elon Musk and Joe Biden
  • The Justice Department filed its suit on Thursday alleging discrimination
  • It said SpaceX was wrong to say it could hire only U.S. citizens or residents

The Biden administration on Thursday accused Elon Musk's rocket and satellite company SpaceX of discriminating against asylum seekers and refugees in its hiring practices.

The Justice Department is suing the company for backpay for people who were denied jobs.

'The lawsuit alleges that, from at least September 2018 to May 2022, SpaceX routinely discouraged asylees and refugees from applying and refused to hire or consider them, because of their citizenship status, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act,' the Justice Department said in a statement....


From the Daily Mail, August 26:

Elon Musk SpaceX rocket launches to take astronauts from US, Japan, Russia and Denmark to International Space Station
  • They should reach the International Space Station in their capsule by Sunday
  • NASA pays SpaceX for the taxi service as part of a commercial crew program

NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket has blasted off to the International Space Station, taking astronauts each from the United States, Japan, Russia, and Denmark.

The Dragon spacecraft carried by a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 3.27am local time (8.27am BST) from Launch Complex 39A before dawn on Saturday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Around 10,000 people had gathered to watch the launch. 

They should reach the International Space Station in their SpaceX capsule by Sunday, replacing four astronauts living up there since March.....

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