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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for District of Columbia on
Q: What is the impact of Appellant's Representative's Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel on an ongoing case?

My lawyer decided to stop representing me in a case with OPM, does the judge have to approve it or let them off the hook?

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Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Apr 8, 2021

The judge will consider the Motion to Withdraw. He or she will consider the reasons for the Motion, then make a decision of the Motion. The attorney who made the Motion still represents, you until the Motion to Withdraw is granted and ordered by the judges.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Washington DC employer refuses employment verification.

Last year my employment was terminated by a non-profit based out of Washington DC. It was because I anonymously blew a whistle on my supervisor's conduct. I was told if someone were to call for employment verification, the organization would only give out the start and the end date.... Read more »

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Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Feb 2, 2021

It is highly unusual for a former employer not to give verification of employment of a former employee. Usually the verification is very general, for example Mr Smith worked for Company A from Jan 1 2020 to Jan 1 2021. You would need to contact a licensed attorney in DC for a more in depth... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Does an "employee" in the code of federal regulations refer to active duty components (military, PHS, NOAA)?
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Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Dec 21, 2020

Your question is not entirely clear, but a member of the military is a federal employee. Individuals who work for NOAA are federal employees as well. PHS helps aid federal agencies as the FDA and the CDC

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for District of Columbia on
Q: How to get my SF-50 from my former federal agency?

I am a former government employee who left the federal government in 2014. My departure was due to an unethical SES who was removed from his director position due to complaints. Since leaving, I have worked as a contractor, I have passed my security checks. I am in the process of emailing my former... Read more »

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Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Dec 17, 2020

You may obtain copy of your most recent SF-50 by requesting from the National Archives and Records Administration, Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: How long can I stay out of the United States while I have a green card, in order to get citizenship?
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Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Dec 1, 2020

Given the current political environment, it is very risky for you to leave the country at all because you may have an exceptionally hard time getting back in. It's even more risky if you are returning to your native country if you are alleging a reasonable fear of past or future persecution.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I seek asylum based on my sexual orientation if I am a minor (16 y.o.), I live in Egypt.

Homosexuality in Egypt is a crime punishable by ~15 years in jail, and your future is probably ruined (same with your reputation), assault in prison is inevitable.

My parents are emotionally abusive and homophobic as well.

Matthew T. Famiglietti
Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Nov 12, 2020

The general rule is you can apply for asylum based on sexual orientation if you are being abused in your home country because of your sexual orientation. You would have to prove fear of present persecution based on your sexual orientation and/or the potential of future persecution because of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can a job let you go.For being in a methadone treatment
Matthew T. Famiglietti
Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Nov 12, 2020

Your question is not entirely clear. I can't tell if you went into treatment and are being prescribed methadone as part of the treatment, or if you are in treatment because of addiction to methadone.

District Courts have split on the question, especially if you have some protection...
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