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JCPenney employee sent home after shorts purchased at her own store deemed ‘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 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.


  • B.J.

    Wow! This girl needs to grow up and realize that when you have a job you play by their rules. JC Penny is better off without her. Just because they sell shorts in their career section doesn’t mean they must allow them in their dress code. Grow up, little girl!

  • nevermind smith

    She signed the policy and procedure forms upon employment….no shorts dress code MEANS NO SHORTS!
    Young Lady: and I use the term loosely, you have some growing up to do! Reenter the work force ONLY when you have done so.

  • Fred

    She’s looking forward to a career path full of pain and heartache if she can’t follow a simple workforce dress code.

  • Yea right

    Um considerring how most women dress in this day and age i would say this is mild and covered. I don’t know what in the hell is wrong with our society these day. We are a bunch of oversensitive pussies.

    • Gregg

      She left on her own occord and then complains about it. Don’t like the dress code, don’t work there.

  • Nan Wanderski

    I worked for Penney’s a few years ago. The career shorts we were allowed to wear had to be almost knee length and a conservative color and pattern. Red short shorts wouldn’t have been allowed. A 17 year old should be able to figure this out! Duh!

    • 2ECOND

      that’s interesting that you say that NAN, because the statement that JCPenny made was “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.” so what your saying is that the store picks and chooses what it wants to follow…

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