In a Title VII sex discrimination claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit held that Fort Hays State University articulated a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for hiring a male candidate over a female professor for a tenure track position.

Beginning in 2014, Kansas-based FHSU hired Dr. Carolyn Anderson as a temporary accounting instructor in its Department of Economics, Finance & Accounting on five occasions, according to the opinion. Those contracts were annual and carried no expectation of future employment. Anderson pursued her Ph.D. in the years while she worked for FHSU on contract.