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Hello and welcome. I am very sorry about this letter. You can absolutely offer a written rebuttal. However, your employer does not have a legal obligation to consider it or file it in your "personnel file." The reason boils down to the fact that employment is at will and as such can be terminated for virtually any reason regardless of what's fair or true. Since they don't need a good reason to let you go the law does not require them to even give you a write up. They could simply terminate you if they wanted. Therefore the law does not regulate write ups or require employers to consider rebuttals. Still, so long as your tone is not argumentative a rebuttal can help your employer see things from your side. Employers very rarely are "out to get" employees for no reason, so if you can engage in a meaningful dialogue with them that enlightens them to your point of view that can be helpful. That would be thpically be the extent of your recourse here, unfortunately.