Employee Sent Home For Wearing Shorts She Bought From Work
A 17-year-old employee of American clothing store JC Penney's was told to go home and change out of a pair of shorts as they were "too revealing" for work... But the ironic thing is that Sylva Stoel said she bought the shorts from the store in the "careers" department...
He asked how long it'd take for me to go home & change. I said "idk probably the whole day" I'm not coming back— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 24, 2015
"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," Stoel tells People.
Good dress code rules: no gang attire, no explicit imagery, no pajamas... Bad dress code rules: no female shoulders, legs, bra straps...— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 28, 2015
"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.' "
Dress codes benefit patriarchy bc they shame women for "dressing provocatively" and absolve men from all blame. Break the dress code.— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 28, 2015
JCPenney's released this statement on their dress code:
"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."
My 15 mins of fame are going fast, but the issue of sexism in dress codes won't go away. Ppl will continue to speak up until it is solved.— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 30, 2015