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JCPenney employee sent home after shorts bought at own store were ‘too revealing’

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Credit: Sylva Stoel

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A former JCPenney employee claims she was sent home from work for wearing shorts that were "too revealing," even though she purchased the shorts in the store's "career style" section.

“Boss sent me home for wearing 'too revealing' shorts that I bought from the store I work at in the career section,” Sylva Stoel, 17, wrote on Friday.

Stoel told TODAY.com she was at work for approximately 10 minutes when she was approached by her boss who asked if anyone had talked to her about dress code at orientation.

When he asked her how long it would take to go home and change, she chose to quit.

"I bought [the shorts] thinking they were pretty professional," she said. "They didn't show anything other than my legs, which I don't think is too provocative."

JCPenney issued a statement after Stoel's photo went viral:

"JCPenney's dress code policy for store associates prohibits the wearing of shorts of any length. This policy applies to both male and female associates. We have reached out to the associate who blogged about this policy, but she has not returned our telephone calls thus far."

Stoel insists the dress code policy was not discussed during her orientation.

"They never said 'no shorts' at orientation. I never even got a handbook or anything,” she told People.

14 comments

  • Iggy Montoya

    Is jcpenny still open?

    I predict it won’t be this time next year.

    With backward thinkers like these knuckleheads, I assure you they’ll go the way of Sears, Kmart and montgomery wards.

    • Regular question

      “Kmart and montgomery wards”
      Lol what state do you live in?? Haven’t seen a Kmart in years and never heard of Montgomery Wards!

  • Felicia

    No matter what industry you work in, you are a representative of the business, not necessarily of the type of product it sells. If you were an employee of a retail establishment catering to strippers, and you show up to work in a fishnet one-sie that you found in the “career” section and felt discriminated against because your boss found it “inappropriate” (ridiculous as is sounds given the circumstances) But You represent the business. Businesses have policies and dress codes. What is considered appropriate in some may not be considered appropriate in others. And if you aren’t sure what your company policy is… Super easy quick tip: Ask. In like two seconds you’ll squash that dilemma, spare yourself the embarrassment and appear as though you are a semi-intelligent individual–at least one who is still employees.

  • Kathy NO

    what an idiot she is. who wears shorts to work? get a brain woman. do you work at the beach???

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  • Maria

    She’s lucky she only got sent home. I worked at penny’s before and the dress code is clear that you cannot wear shorts of any kind only long dress pants and business style capris.

  • Sandy

    I’m sure JCP also sells bikinis and ballgowns, but they are probably not approved attire for the workplace either.
    Dress code, people, dress code. Shorts are not professional attire in the JCP world apparently. Nor in any professional organization I’ve worked for. She overreacted.

  • JcpEmployee

    I work for JCP and help with new hire orientation. They are required to read over our policies and guidlines, the first of which, is dress code. After reading that she would have electronicly signed her consent and understanding. Tip: get it together girl, you won’t last long working anywhere with that attitude.

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