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When you say your supervisor is trying to get you to quit your job, what types of things are they doing, exactly?
Do you have an employment contract?
Do you think your employer's actions are discrimination based -that is, due to something like your race, religion, age, sex, disability or national origin?
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In answer to your questions, there is no state or federal law that allows you to see your employee file. If you have an employment agreement or union contract, you may have rights under such. Similarly, if you have an employee handbook, I would review that to see if there are any workplace policies that allow you acess to the file (for example, it may say something like "An employee may review their employee file upon written request to HR submitted 7 days in advance").
There is no law against an employer being rude or even demeaning to an employee. And, absent an employment contract, an employee is considered to be "at will", meaning they can be terminated at any time, for any reason, so long as it is a legal reason. However, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against (including terminating) an employee on the basis of discrimination, such as race, religion, age, sex, age, a disability or national origin. Discrimination can be in the form of hiring, firing, benefits, job duties, etc. They also may not harass an employee or treat them in a hostile manner based on discrimination (e.g., making fun of an employee because of a disability).
I don't have enough details to know if you believe you are the target of discrimination, but if you feel you are, you need to file a complaint with the EEOC (www.eeoc.gov). There is a lot of information on the filing process and how a complaint is handled. You can also talk to an employment attorney in your area about workplace discrimination.
It is also unlawful to discriminate against or terminate an employee because they filed a worker's compensation claim. Not that an employee can't be fired while on worker's compensation, but they can't be fired because of it. Again, I don't know if your mistreatment got worse after you filed your worker's comp case? But that is something to discuss with an employment lawyer.
The worst thing you could do is quit. If you quit, you are almost certain to be denied unemployment compensation because it would be seen as a voluntary separation. And, that would mean losing health benefits, too. The only other thing I can suggest right now is that you report any mistreatment to HR. This way, if an issue later does arise where you are filing for wrongful termination or workplace harassment, the employer cannot claim they were not aware of the issue.
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You could also copy and paste the document into something like Microsoft Word, and put that on your computer.
As to your other question, I am not a doctor or therapist, but I have experienced the death of a parent (both, in fact). Medication only goes so far, and sometimes, it can be good to talk the grief and stress you are feeling out with someone who will listen to you.
It could be that once you deal with your grief and stress of the loss, you may feel better at work, as well.
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My heart goes out to you. I do hope your situation improves soon.
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