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Woman Fired For Wearing Pants Is Rehired

February 16, 1993

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ A J.C. Penney store is hiring back a female hairdresser fired for wearing pants to work.

Diane Carter, 38, on Monday won back her job and four days pay for the work she missed.

Penney’s Quakerbridge Mall store reversed its dress code Wednesday, but said it hadn’t decided about reinstating Carter.

Store officials met with Carter, an eight-year employee, for an hour before reinstating her.

″It was very tense in the beginning and, I guess, justifiably so,″ Carter said. ″They were afraid of what I was going to insist on and I was afraid of what they were going to insist on.″

The Dallas-based retail chain allows stores to handle their own dress policies.

Store manager Martin Wick said the incident was overblown, but the store reversed its policy because of the public outcry.

Carter said she appreciated peoples’ efforts on her behalf.

″I thank them from the top of my head to the bottom of my pants,″ Carter said.