Apple says blanket ban on hiring ex-felons isn’t true

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Photo: Buster Keaton in The Goat
Photo: Buster Keaton in The Goat

The construction of Apple Campus 2 came under fire earlier this week, after the Mercury Times reported that Apple had a blanket ban on hiring ex-felons. However, Cult of Mac has learned that such a ban never existed.

“We believe in opportunity for everyone, and Apple has never had a blanket ban on hiring people with felony convictions,” an Apple spokesperson told Cult of Mac.

Some ex-felon applicants were turned away within the past seven years, because of a part of the background process. Those restrictions are now being lifted though, as Apple says it’s recognized that “that this may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance.”

Here’s the full statement from Apple:

“We believe in opportunity for everyone, and Apple has never had a blanket ban on hiring people with felony convictions. It recently came to our attention that, as part of a background check process unique to the Apple Campus 2 construction project, a few applicants were turned away because they had been convicted of a felony within the past seven years. We recognize that this may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance. We have now removed that restriction and instructed our contractors on the project to evaluate all applicants equally, on a case by case basis, as we would for any role at Apple.”

In January, Apple reportedly ordered several construction workers with past felony convictions to leave the site.
The Mercury Times reported earlier today that Apple rescinded its policy, but failed to include the full statement about the ban not existing.

According to previous reports, Apple insisted on criminal background checks for even the construction workers simply involved with pouring concrete for the new Apple HQ.