Sylva Stoel from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had been working at J.C. Penney for two weeks, when her boss told her that her outfit was inappropriate. The 17-year-old was sent home from work after her shorts were deemed “too revealing”.
The only catch? The teen had bought the red linen shorts from the same store’s ‘career’ section. Stoel – who posted the photo of her wearing the shorts in question – reportedly quit her job on the spot.
The former J.C. Penney employee said that the supervisor never mentioned shorts at the job’s orientation before she began working at the store. Stoel was told that the brand’s dress code barred employees from wearing jeans, t-shirts, spaghetti-strap tank tops or skirts that are “too short” to work.
Meanwhile, J.C. Penney released a statement regarding the issue and said that their dress code bans all shorts: “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.”
Nevertheless, Stoel has no regrets about quitting:
Hey @jcpenney wanna know how to appeal to ur millennial customers ur losing? Bring ur dress code to the 21st century.
— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 24, 2015