Maureen Soules (plaintiff) worked as a teacher for Independent School District No. 518 (the school) (defendant). Soules worked half-time for $31 per half-day. The school terminated Soules’s employment without notice or a hearing. After she was discharged, Soules was offered a full-time position for the same type of teaching responsibility for $20 per day, which she declined. Soules brought a wrongful termination action against the school. The district court ordered Soules to be reinstated in her position and found that Soules sustained $17,401 in damages. The district court also found that Soules failed to mitigate her loss by unreasonably rejecting an employment offer and failing to make reasonable efforts to obtain other suitable employment. The court reduced the amount of Soules’s recovery by $9,100. Soules appealed the reduction in damages.