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This sounds like your employer is trying to "manage you out the door." By this phrase I mean they are initiating actions with the goal of you deciding to retire early, resign, or if they can find an excuse terminate your position.
This is a common, and unfair practice, designed to limit their risks and expenses in maintaining you on the payroll.
You are going to find that your supervisor is suddenly going to be taking issue with your work performance. Projects that you had previously handled independently are going to be reviewed and second guessed. You will be spending time writing reports to defend or justify your decisions. Then because your productivity will suffer (as your time is spent to attend PIP meetings, meet with your supervisor, write justifications), you will be subject to discipline for the reduced productivity.
You should ABSOLUTELY seek out local counsel to help you navigate through this and sort out your options. Keep in mind that HR is NOT your friend in this, nor is your supervisor.
What you need to start doing is document the ways in which your performance is being undermined. You need to start working with your physician too establish either grounds for an American's with Disabilities Claim or grounds for a disability retirement. The Disability Retirement can be a very tricky proposition depending on your employer's policies. But you need to start looking at those policy manuals that you have only glanced through before.
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Please do that as soon as possible. Try to delay signing the PIP until you speak with counsel. Your attorney may advise you to contest the PIP in writing.
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