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Saturday, 29 December 2012 09:07

A defamation dispute between Woodside and a former executive who claimed to have been defamed by the oil and gas giant's former chief executive has been settled.

In a joint statement, former commercial manager Jill Mustard and Woodside said they had resolved all remaining differences, including a West Australian Supreme Court case against the company.

However, the terms of the resolution are confidential and both parties are prevented from making further comment.

"The terms of the resolution, and the content of all communications leading up to and producing the amicable closure of the matter are, and must remain, confidential," the statement read.

"During her time at Woodside, Ms Mustard was a highly valued employee who filled and performed strongly in a number of senior commercial roles.

"Neither Ms Mustard nor Woodside is permitted, by agreement between them, to make any further statements or comments."

Ms Mustard was one of the company's top-ranking female executives until 2009.

In May last year, she won a $170,000 sexual discrimination claim against her former employer, which demoted her after she took maternity leave.

In March this year, Ms Mustard launched another case against Woodside, claiming its former chief executive Don Voelte had defamed her in front of delegates at the 2011 Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference.

She sought a payment of $50,000 and a letter of apology to settle the matter.

Ms Mustard also said in her statement of claim that she was defamed in a March 2011 media statement by Woodside.

She said the media statement inferred she was a liar, by disputing her claim the sexual discrimination matter had been settled, when it had not.

Earlier this month, a judge ordered that this part of her argument be struck out of her statement of claim, finding Woodside had not suggested Ms Mustard was a liar by saying the settlement had not occurred.

 



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