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Mayo Clinic ends years-long requirement for women employees to wear hosiery Mayo Clinic ends years-long requirement for women employees to wear hosiery
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- In just a few days, a long-standing tradition will be changing at Mayo Clinic, and it has to do with the women's dress code. After many years of enforcing a hosiery requirement in its dress code policy, Mayo Clinic is now making it optional for its women employees to wear the undergarment, just as we turn the corner into summer.

Beginning Friday, female employees are getting some leeway in leg wear. "You would not believe how excited people are," said senior web production specialist, Danielle Teal. "I mean, it's definitely a reference to the Braveheart 'Freedom!', you know? You want to yell it out, run around and throw your pantyhose out the window."

For some ladies like Teal, it is a time of celebration with a new leg up on their dress code.

"They're very confining. Very itchy. Tight, you know? It's just exciting to have a choice whether or not to wear them," said Teal.

The sun may be setting on the pantyhose policy, but for those of us non-sun worshipers, it might be better just to stick to tradition.

"I'll probably still wear it just because I'm fair skinned and so it kind of helps make me look a little more tan," said Mayo employee Katherine Tilkes.

"I would prefer to see women with hosiery at work than not," admits Tracy Hammer.

For others, it's more legwork to not don the hosiery everyday. Meanwhile, several newcomers to the pantyhose scene are already embracing their new found freedom.

"Mine already ripped and I've been wearing them for four hours," said intern Ellie Ament.

"I think it's great that we don't have to wear hose anymore," added intern Laura Anne White. "It was a long day."

June 12 marks the end of a decades-long era, thanks to some passionate and vocal bare-legged supporters rejoicing over what they call a change in outdated undergarments.

"Hey, you have an option to wear pantyhose or not," said Teal. "As long as it looks professional -- and we have people that enforce the rules here and make sure it looks good, and you're golden."
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