Your fiend does need an employment attorney. The employer is not necessarily obligated to give out its entire file. Some of the materials might be protected. If it ends up in litigation, you can subpoena the employment records and I have regularly done that with great success. However, just like looking at your medical records, you do not have an absolute right to see your employment file
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