from the you-don't-see-that-every-day dept
Now here’s something you don’t often see. As part of a settlement, a California judge has publicly apologized and paid Tom Siebel $100,000 to settle a twelve-year battle over charges of sexual discrimination filed against Siebel by this judge back when she was an attorney. Siebel, who founded the software company which bore his name until it was sold to Oracle, was sued in 1996 for wrongful termination and sexual discrimination in the firing of a sales exec who was represented by this judge (before she was a judge). However, there was little evidence to support the claims, and all were thrown out (other than a claim that Siebel had failed to pay some past due bonuses). After the case ended, Siebel then sued the attorneys for malicious prosecution — and this agreement is the settlement. Siebel, who doesn’t need the money, says he’ll donate it to Stanford to be used in a program on legal ethics.