Request for a preliminary ruling from the Juzgado de lo Social n.º3 de Barcelona (Spain) lodged on 9 March 2020 — YJ v Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS)

(Case C-130/20)

Language of the case: Spanish

Referring court

Juzgado de lo Social n.º3 de Barcelona

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: YJ

Defendant: Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS)

Question referred

Can a provision like Article 60(4) of the General Law on Social Security (Ley General de la Seguridad Social), which excludes the maternity supplement for women who retire [early] voluntarily, as opposed to those who retire, also voluntarily, at the normal age provided for, or who retire early but on the basis of work performed throughout their working lives, by reason [of] disability, or because they ceased employment before taking retirement through no fault of their own, be considered to constitute direct discrimination for the purposes of Directive 79/7? 1

____________

1     Council Directive 79/7/EEC of 19 December 1978 on the progressive implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in matters of social security OJ 1979 L 6, p. 24.