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JCPenney worker sent home over 'too revealing' shorts

Sylvia Stoel, 17, of Sioux Falls, S.D. tweeted: "Boss sent me home for wearing "too revealing" shorts that I bought from the store I work at in the career section."Courtesy of Sylvia Stoel

Sylvia Stoel, 17, of Sioux Falls, S.D. tweeted: “Boss sent me home for wearing “too revealing” shorts that I bought from the store I work at in the career section.”

JCPenney is big on style — and irony too — after a South Dakota store supervisor sent an employee home for wearing inappropriate shorts she bought at the retailer’s career style section.

Sylva Stoel created an uproar when the 17-year-old posted a photo to Twitter of her “too revealing” red pleated shorts.

“I was at work for about 10 minutes before (my supervisor) approached me,” Stoel told TODAY.

Stoel was in violation of the company’s dress code, he told her. When he asked her how long it would take to go home and change into something more professional, Stoel responded “probably the whole day” and announced she wasn’t coming back.

The teen, who goes by the Twitter handle @queenfeminist, had been employed for all of two weeks before the Friday incident that’s since been labeled as hypocritical and sexist – and created an Internet firestorm.

Sylvia Stoel said her “too revealing” red pleated shorts were bought at J.C. Penney's career section.JCPenny.com via Today Show/NBC

Sylvia Stoel said her “too revealing” red pleated shorts were bought at J.C. Penney’s career section.

JULY 31, 2009 PHOTO.Mary Altaffer/AP

“JC Penney’s dress code policy for store associates prohibits the wearing of shorts of any length,” the company said in a statement. “This policy applies to both male and female associates.”

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  • Sylvia Stoel, 17, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was sent home from her job at JC Penny for violating the company dress code by wearing shorts. The shorts that Sylvia was wearing at the time were purchased in the Career Section of JC Penny.
  • JULY 31, 2009 PHOTO.

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“I bought (the shorts) thinking they were pretty professional,” Stoel told TODAY. “They didn’t show anything other than my legs, which I don’t think is too provocative.”

JCPenney said its dress code does not allow for shorts of any kind.

“JCPenney’s dress code policy for store associates prohibits the wearing of shorts of any length,” the company said in a statement. “This policy applies to both male and female associates.”

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