Thank you for the clarification.
Only Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia have statutes where the employer is required to provide access to personnel file.
New Jersey has no law requiring the employer to give you access to their personnel file. Of course you can ask to review it, but they are not legally required to comply with your request unless you have an actual lawsuit and are requesting access through formal discovery requests. So I can only suggest you ask for access in writing, but just be aware that you don't have rights to it without a court order.
If you have not already done so, it is possible to file a grievance with HR to investigate. At most you can prepare your own statement regarding your termination
to be added upon their records (keep a copy). If there is any false statement as to your termination said upon future employers then it would give rise to a defamation case. This is as much as you can do.
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