Gay and lesbian employees were routinely rounded up and hounded out of federal service, often with tragic results. McCutcheon, who said raising awareness of transgender employees is still a new frontier, acknowledged transitioning on the job remains difficult. That's not a simple process for a company that does business in many states. For State employees, a foreign problem At the State Department, LGBT employees — particularly those in the Foreign Service — are also largely satisfied with the level of engagement from agency leadership. In the brief, lawyers with the Morgan Lewis law firm said that inconsistent state laws impose burdens on business and that marriage bans can conflict with corporate anti-discrimination and diversity policies. Less than 10 years ago, Bush administration DOJ official Monica Goodling had a lawyer on contract to the department fired because the employee was rumored to be a lesbian, according to a inspector general report that cited a pattern of politicized hiring and firing at the agency. The complete list was published by The Huffington Post, among others. Just 39 percent of LGBT federal employees said they have a feeling of personal empowerment on the job, compared to nearly half of straight employees. The Merit Systems Protection Board, the agency tasked with safeguarding federal workplace fairness, recently published a report examining the long, fraught history of LGBT discrimination in the federal workplace, as well as current perceptions of such discrimination. Insight by Jive Software: That's why companies have asked the Supreme Court to make it a constitutional right. The previous installment focused on veteran-employee morale. Workers with same-sex partners aren't usually up for relocating to a state where their marriage isn't recognized. For now, the different laws make it hard to do business, especially for companies with employees in different states. It's time consuming for human resources, as well as "burdensome and prone to human error," according to the brief. A ruling is due by the end of June. That is, employees who are more satisfied with their jobs and their bosses are more likely to be open about their sexual orientation when asked.