Teen Quits Job After Getting Sent Home For Wearing Shorts That Were “Too Revealing”

Last Friday, 17-year-old Sylva Stoel took to Twitter to let people know how ridiculous dress codes at work can be. The South Dakota native had already been working at J.C. Penney for about two weeks before she was asked to go home and change by her boss because the shorts she was wearing were “too revealing.”

The funny thing is, Stoel originally purchased her shorts from J.C. Penney’s career section. Stoel immediately quit after being sent home.

Check out her Twitter posts here.

In a recent interview with People magazine, she stated, “I didn’t expect it to happen, but I wasn’t surprised – there’s been a lot of talk about unfair dress codes affecting women, and it was in the back of my mind that this could happen.”

JcPenney actually responded to Stoel’s Twitter rant by explaining to People, “J.C. Penney’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.”

But, Stoel explained that she was told something different and stated, “They never said ‘no shorts’ at orientation. I never even got a handbook or anything. The manager was asked, and she said, no tank tops, spaghetti straps, absolutely no denim, and no T-shirts. And when asked for clarification she said, nothing that you’re falling out of. So I thought, ‘I’m not falling out of these shorts.’ ”

Sylva, for the time being, has expressed having no regrets about the whole situation by posting on Twitter, “Hey @jcpenney wanna know how to appeal to ur millennial customers ur losing? Bring ur dress code to the 21st century.”

Personally, I agree with Stoel standing up to ridiculous dress codes targeted at women because some of the things men can get away with wearing compared to women is seriously unfair. It really took a lot of guts to what she did. It’s great that someone is taking a stand against sexism that is constantly occurring in the workplace. I wish Sylva the best of luck in her job search because, honestly, I believe that a person should always stand up for what they believe in, no matter what.

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