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Brazilian Senate backtracks on women's pay bill

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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- The Brazilian Senate has backtracked on its approval of a bill imposing fines on companies that pay women lower wages than men for the same work.

The bill was passed by acclaim earlier this week after it was approved by the Senate's Human Rights Commission. It had been headed to the president to be signed into law.

The Senate's news agency now says the leader of the ruling coalition in the upper house wants to have the bill debated before the full Senate. Romero Juca says he wants to better define what constitutes wage discrimination.

According to the bill, fines can be as much as five times the cumulative difference in salaries for the entire time a woman is employed by a company.

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