Many people — and even politicians — would argue that a woman should not be discriminated against for being a mother, as happened to the woman fired by IKEA a few days ago.
While this is true, it fails to make clear everything that is at stake.
For 40 years, the legal principle of anti-discrimination, dictated by the E.U. and interpreted by the ECJ, has held repeatedly that women and men are to be considered equal, including in their capacity as parents.
In itself, this is a just principle, but it has been used to claim that national regulations guaranteeing additional protections for women beyond those strictly related to the biological facts of pregnancy and childbirth are discriminatory.