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By all means you can bring a lawyer, reschedule if you have to here.You may consider filing an EEOC complaint claiming age, race, sex, discrimination as this gives you protection under the law.Once you do that this weekend if they try to terminate you a second EEOC complaint claiming retaliation is in order.I would file this without delay here and you can ask for a reset on this basis and tell them you have retained a lawyer.This is your best protective measures at this point, a complaint and a lawyer may beck them off.
Often when they claim performance they have really used this as a smokescreen for discrimination. They are trying to replace you with say a younger or different person . It seems here the standards are very different for other counselors and their may be hidden motives.
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A lawyer and a union rep would be the best , the more on your side the better.
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You might still file EEOC , you can claim sex, or race here.I am trying to give you protection here, away from job performance.I would file with EEOC it might well save your job and a lawyer here to take with you.And you could also add in ADA because they may not have accommodated your medical needs on the job. Ask for more time so you can bring your lawyer, see if you can reschedule this for say a week.It isn't realistic that you can have counsel on Monday here, they should agree to this.Also you can tell them there is an EEOC complaint on file and you want representation.Race may very well be an issue here.