JCPenney Employee Sent Home For Wearing Shorts Purchased At JCPenney


Have you ever been sent home from work for violating dress code? It’s normally a clear-cut case, but this particular story has gone viral across social media, sparking buzz about whether JCPenney is in the wrong or not following the termination of a female employee.


Former JCPenney employee Sylva Stoel took to Twitter to express her disdain for JCPenney’s dress code after she was sent home for wearing shorts. Here’s the catch: she bought them from the career section at JCPenney.


She tweeted pictures of her outfit once she got home, showing a blue tanktop and red shorts from the store. Tweeting under the handle @queenfeminist, it’s clear where she stands on the issue.

What’s more is that while the exact shorts she’s wearing can’t be found in the online store, similar shorts are listed in the Career and Work Wear sections of their online catalog. onlinestore onlinestore2

Since her story went out, a massive discussion has spawned across social media, begging the question: “Are dress codes too harsh on women?” posed the question to gauge the public’s opinion. dresscode1 At the time of this posting, it seems most people aren’t siding with her claims of unfairness. dresscode2

Sylva Stoel continued to take to Twitter to vent her frustrations after quitting the job, attacking the business’s “outdated” views.

A JCPenney spokesperson reached out via email to Business Insider and stated:

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.


Sylva says no one warned her in the job orientation that shorts weren’t okay. She claims her manager only said denim, t-shirts, spaghetti-strap tank tops, and “too short” skirts weren’t allowed.

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 JCPenney’s own career section, but he insisted that I go home and change anyways.


Since the storm of responses and discussion, Sylva Stoel has continued to tweet about the issue and express her opinions on the matter. She stands by her argument and believes dress codes are biased and unfair toward women.

What do you think? Is Sylva Stoel right to criticize JCPenney’s attitude on the matter? Is she wrong for violating their dress code? Is JCPenney hypocritical in the categorization of their merchandise? Let us know on Twitter where you stand on the issue and we may feature your response in an upcoming article!