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I am very sorry to hear about this unwarranted PIP. Is your husband in a union? I very much look forward to helping you on this matter.
Not being in a union unfortunately means that your husband's employment would be considered "at will" absent an express agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated for any reason not amounting to discrimination on the basis of a legally protected trait (race, religion, gender, etc.) or retaliation for engaging in certain forms of legally protected conduct (filing a wage claim, taking FMLA leave, etc.). It doesn't matter whether the basis for termination is fair, reasonable or even TRUE.
Since employers don't need a good reason let alone a true reason to let someone go, the law does not regulate writeups, which are simply an optional precursor to such employment action. Regrettably, this means that someone in your husband's circumstance would not typically have any legal recourse should his internal appeal be denied. His sole recourse here is persuasion, I am very sorry to say.
If I can clarify anything at all for you, please do not hesitate to ask. It is my pleasure to assist you further if necessary....