The Elon Musk-owned SpaceX gained a courtroom order stopping the Division of Justice’s hiring discrimination lawsuit from shifting ahead, as reported earlier by Reuters. In a decision on Wednesday, US District Decide Rolando Olvera dominated that the DOJ’s administrative judges don’t have the authority to overview the case.
The DOJ sued SpaceX in August over allegations that the corporate refused to rent asylum seekers and refugees. The company, which has been investigating SpaceX’s hiring practices since 2020, accused SpaceX of discouraging refugees and asylum seekers from making use of “by wrongly stating that SpaceX can solely rent U.S. residents and lawful everlasting residents.”
SpaceX countersued the DOJ in response, alleging that the executive legislation judges (ALJs) on the case had been “unconstitutionally appointed” as a result of they possess authority that solely these appointed by the president ought to have. Decide Olvera sided with SpaceX in his ruling and mentioned that the judges don’t have the authority to supervise the case. The DOJ declined to remark.
SpaceX has denied claims that it engaged in hiring discrimination. “SpaceX has not engaged in any follow or sample of discriminating in opposition to anybody, together with asylees or refugees. On the contrary, SpaceX needs to rent the easiest candidates for each job no matter their citizenship standing, and actually has employed a whole bunch of noncitizens,” the corporate argued in its countersuit.
Replace November ninth, 4:52PM ET: Added that the DOJ declined to remark.