My boss told me she did something today that really doesn't sit right with me. First let me give you a little background: I'm a retail manager. Last September I had issues with my illness that caused me to be taken out of work for about 2 months on Short Term Disability. This is the first time this has ever happened and I have worked for the company for 23 yrs. My assistant had to take over for me for part of September through the first week of Nov. During this time he did a so so job, but was able to keep the store alive while my boss was caught up with other stores that had issues. During the time I was gone, my assistant did not always follow procedure and was very rough on the employees to the point where several of them threatened to resign. By rough, I mean rude. Fast forward to our review time. We basically get the same review because the biggest weight of it is based on sales results. Unfortunately our store is in a mall that is undergoing a big change in a downtown area and our sales last year were not good. Not horrendous but we didn't make plan. So all the financial aspects of the store kept me from getting a good mark on my review, and had my assistant's mark at a couple of points below me. Well my boss told me today that she felt that my assistant should get special consideration on their review for the fact that they acted as manager for 2 months. She did this by increasing their overall grade by 8 points to an entire level above me. So if we are supposed to be held to the same standards, why is okay for my assistant to be graded at a level above me for the same results? Especially when my boss is fully aware of the problem with the employees and the fact that it took me a couple of months to get everything back up to code. Yeah, they did act as manager for 8 weeks but that is their job - to be the manager in their absense. I would have been fine with a little extra pay increase over normal but this? I felt like it was a slap in my face. I almost feel like I was punished for being sick... almost discriminated against. Am I overreacting?