Jan 6, 2018

#MeToo sets off a wave of startups

Women protest at the #MeToo rally. Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

"Entrepreneurs see big opportunity: Helping workers and companies navigate the nightmare of sex harassment allegations" — cover story of tomorrow's WashPost Business section.

Why it matters: "The startups, many of which have female founders or co-founders, want to disrupt a costly and persistent problem."

  • But, but, but: "[S]uch start-ups are entering a market where companies have long been hesitant to spend big to prevent bad behavior. Many large companies already give employees access to third-party phone lines to anonymously report harassment."
  • "[T]he new tools could also create dilemmas for human-resources managers who may not have the wherewithal to act on the information they receive."
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