J.C. Penney Employee Sent Home Because Her J.C. Penney Shorts Were "Too Revealing"

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail is familiar with the rule that if you're working at a clothing store, you're almost always required to wear clothes from the store you're working at while you're on duty.

This (now former) J.C. Penney employee was doing that, but she still got sent home for violating the dress code. Apparently, her boss thought her shorts were "too short." Now, here's the irony. Not only had she bought them at J.C. Penney, she claims she purchased them from the CAREER section. So, J.C. Penney is cool with other people wearing them to work, but not their employees?


"I was at work for about 10 minutes before he approached me," 17-year-old Sylva Stoel told TODAY.com. "He asked if anyone talked to me about dress code at orientation." Apparently, he asked her multiple times to go home and change and she did go home, but not to change, because she quit.

"I bought [the shorts] thinking they were pretty professional," she told them. "They didn't show anything other than my legs, which I don't think is too provocative." In a statement to TODAY, J.C. Penney said "J.C. Penney's dress code policy for store associates prohibits the wearing of shorts of any length. This policy applies to both male and female associates."

Still, Sylva used the opportunity to start an important discussion about whether or not dress codes unfairly discriminate against women:

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