To pre-face, this is lengthy & I?m most likely DD?ing this later. To file an EEO action or not?
I was on maternity leave a little over 4 months, Feb 2011 to Jul 2011; I went out earlier than expected due to complications, than LO earlier than expected.
When I got my 2011 review this past January, I rated as fully successful. I was a little surprised/disappointed because the way the narrative read, I was almost certain that I would be rated exceeds expectations; for the 2010 rating year, I rated exceeds expectations.
My supervisor asked me if I had a chance to read my review; I told him I did. He asked what I thought; at first I said it was ok, then I said I was actually disappointed and told him why (that I read the narrative first & it seemed to indicated an ?exceeds expectations? rating, was surprised to see it was ?fully successful?). Honestly, I kind of felt like I was the student quibbling over an A vs an A+. Anyway ? he said it wasn?t anything that I didn?t do, I just did everything I was SUPPOSED to do, and nothing more. Then he said ?I know I shouldn?t say this, but it?s almost like if you had been here more, you would?ve been afforded the opportunity to do more.? Um, what? I was on maternity leave, not vacation, buddy.
I was talking to a colleague in another agency & told her about the exchange; she was livid. I was more annoyed with my supervisor for saying so stupid; my colleague was upset because she felt that it was discriminatory & EEO action-worthy. She said I should think about filing an action against him or if I choose not to, I should at the very least tell him that what he said was in fact wrong & to let him know that I could?ve filed an action against him but didn?t.
I went back to him a few weeks ago to discuss my review, to find out what happened between 2010 & 2011; I pointed out that I rated exceeds expectation for 2010 & the narrative for 2011 just didn?t seem to match the actual rating. He said he doesn?t look at the previous years? reviews to see what he needs to do to keep someone at their previous rating. He said it wasn?t anything I didn?t do, I just did exactly what I was supposed to do. I told him that I remembered he said that I wasn?t afforded the opportunity to do more since I wasn?t here all that much, and he came back with that he rated me on what I did while I was here.
WWYD? I kind of feel like he said what he did (basically not being here to do more) because his people skills aren?t the best. He said he knows he shouldn?t have said it. He kind of avoided that when I brought it up again & he said he rated me on what I did while I was here, I don?t know if any action would hold water. As for not filing an action but letting him know that I could have but chose not to, I guess I don?t see the point. Again, he knows he shouldn?t have said it.
All in all, it?s a good review. It?s not like he rated me as ?failed expectations?. I don't know if I should just let it go or get it on record in case it happens again whenever I have the next kid.