I was on maternity leave from sep 8 to nov 30. I took 6 weeks of paid maternity leave and 5 week unpaid maternity leave. Joined work back on Dec 1st. I was on corporate pool , looking for a project and got allocated to project on Jan 9th. Just got to know, I was give meets all expectations which is 3rd bucket rather than first or second which would be exceeds all or exceeds most. The reason is, I was on maternity leave. Is this norm? Coz it was never like this before. This effects my bonus and pay hike. Manager says I am definitely not a meets all resource but due to HR policy, he had to give me this rating.