As a new group of workers banding together in wage-and-hour class action suits, computer software engineers have sent a clear signal to companies that they are willing to take employers to court — and can score a payoff.

Siebel Systems Inc. has agreed to pay its highly compensated software engineers $27.5 million to settle an overtime class action complaint filed in San Mateo County Superior Court. Judge Marie Weiner approved the settlement Nov. 6.

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