Apr 10, 2015 · 0 minutes

All this week, Mark Ames has been reporting on a story -- first broken by the San Francisco Chronicle -- that Apple is banning former and even accused felons from construction work at its new campus. You can read Ames' reports here, here and here.

Today, Apple has decided to rescind its discriminatory hiring policy. In a statement sent to the Mercury News, Apple said:

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.