I think the appeal of the story is that the shorts were tagged "career" by JC Penney, but they were apparently not good enough for a "career" at JC Penney.Boss sent me home for wearing "too revealing" shorts that I bought from the store I work at in the career section. pic.twitter.com/vrAnN4beC2— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 24, 2015
The young woman (w/Twitter handle "@queenfeminist") claims this was a sexist, anti-feminist rule against women showing too much skin. JC Penney claims it's a gender-neutral prohibition against anyone wearing shorts. For what it's worth, I've never seen employees wearing shorts in JC Penney... but concede that I'm not in there all that often, and our local store closed recently.
The employment law takeaways are limited:
- If you have a "no shorts" policy, apply it evenly to men and women;
- If you have a dress code, notify your employees ahead of time (the young woman claims she was never informed of the dress code).
Of course, the real question here is: What in the heck are "career" shorts? I'm hard-pressed to think of careers that involve those shorts.