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An action taken to try to keep someone from opposing an alleged SFCC policy violation, or from participating in a proceeding related to an alleged policy violation. Examples of adverse actions include:
• Employment actions such as termination, refusal to hire, or and denial of promotion.
• Other actions affecting employment such as threats, unjustified negative evaluations, unjustified negative references, or increased surveillance, and
• Any other action such as an assault or unfounded civil or criminal charges that are likely to deter reasonable people from pursuing their rights
Adverse actions do NOT include petty slights and annoyances, such as a negative comment in an otherwise positive or neutral evaluation, “snubbing” a colleague, or negative comments that are justified by an employee’s poor work performance or history.