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.


  • Andi Stubbs

    Let me first stress that the outfit is in NO WAY immodest, but it’s certainly not professional. I mean, she’s at WORK, not on her way to Lagoon.

  • Greg jacquart

    Grow up and realize that you were being told the shorts were not dress code. Go home and change. I bet she really did not want the job anyway, Another from Generation Entitlement. By to revealing I am sure they meant her legs were suppose to be covered in dress pants. What a joke and should never be news worthy.

  • BOB

    The same kids who protest their school dress code act surprised when they find there is a dress code at their place of employment.

  • Marcia

    I think she looks fine but this is probably not appropriate as a employee at penny’s it looks more professional to wear pants or a skirt /dress

  • L L Wharton

    Just because she bought the shorts in the Career Department, does not mean it’s appropriate for where she works. Geese people! Use some common sense!

  • Lisa

    Maybe “career” for a bar. Not retail. She should be in slacks or a skirt and a shirt with sleeves.

  • Sarah Barker

    It’s clear, that many of our younger generation have no idea what professionalism is. Cute shorts, but not appropriate. The fact that she quit suggests she didn’t really want/need the job anyway.

  • alice

    Unless she is working at kids cheer camp or an outdoor park that outfit is by no means professional. It should not have made news.

  • cuervo69

    They also sell lingerie, underwear and bikinis. You still to conform to the dress code as a professional.

  • bob

    I’m not going to get into the debate about whether or not the shorts were “too revealing.” Certainly unprofessional. They have a dress standard, and she knew what it was.

    But her argument that “I bought the shorts here” is absurd. They also sell bikinis. Would that be OK for work attire?

    What is perfectly acceptable AFTER work is not necessarily the same thing as what’s acceptable AT work.

    Typical self-entitled, lazy Millennial. None of them want to work. Life has some tough lessons to teach her.

  • Seul

    Having worked for JC Penney for only about a year, you gotta look professional when you’receive on the clock. Normally the dress code is business casual. Even her footwear falls under the “do not wear” section last time I checked, and that’s for safety reasons.

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