A former JCPenney employee says she was once sent home from work because her boss deemed her shorts “too revealing.” The irony was that she bought the shorts from the store’s career 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, posted on Twitter Friday. She included a picture of herself in the red shorts, which hit about mid thigh.
“I told (my manager) that I thought it was unfair to send me home due to the fact that I had purchased the shorts from JC Penney's own career section, but he insisted that I go home and change anyways,” the teen told the Huffington Post.
Stoel, a feminist blogger, had only worked at the JCPenney for two weeks prior to the incident. She told Mic that her manager never said anything about shorts, but did say that denim, T-shirts, spaghetti strap tank tops and skirts that are “too short” were prohibited.
However, Stoel said she’s seen coworkers come into work wearing jeans and men’s undershirts and weren’t sent home.
“Unfortunately for me, it seems as [if] my exposed knees registered as more unprofessional than jeans and T-shirt,” Stoel said.
Stoel quit her job and she said she is glad her experience is starting conversations on how women are treated in the workplace.
“Unfair dress codes affect millions of women, and it’s time to speak out against them,” she added.
A JCPenney’s spokesman told People magazine that the store’s dress code policy prohibits shorts “of any length” for both male and female associates.
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