@1 going to HR will get you fired. Period. Been there done that (more than once). HR exists to protect the company, period. Also, if you are going to file a lawsuit, be prepared to lose. Companies like this (let's use Amazon as a hypothetical example) have a FLANK of lawyers at their disposal and nothing but time to wait you out, wear you down, take you for everything you have, and in the end you will lose. I've witnessed it. As someone who as been bullied by a female manager, been fired by an employer for getting sick with a serious illness (even while having an outside advocate and knowing full well the company I worked for was violating the law when they fired me), and as a witness to other women being abused, harassed, intimidated, bullied, beaten down, and fired I say firmly that it is not as easy as you think to report these things. Should people speak up? Absolutely. When the ACLU asked for submissions about gender discrimination against Amazon.com
I know personally people who told them their stories. Notice nothing has happened. Nothing has happened because not enough people were willing to go on record with regard to what happened to them at Amazon or what they witnessed happen to others at Amazon. Period.
Finally, how many stories by women do we have to hear from so-called progressive enclaves that tell the same story of sexism? San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (to only name three) claim to be so forward thinking, so post-everything (racial, feminist, classist, whatever) when in reality they harbor so much of the same deep and destructive violence of the body and spirit against women, people of color, non cis heterosexual males, poor people, etc. Every time I hear "bullshit" with regard to a story like this or "why didn't THEY do blah blah blah" it reminds me that our society is wholly complicit in not only perpetuating the white supremacist racist heterosexual patriarchy, but fabricating a mask to pretend that it doesn't exist because denial is so much easier than facing it, changing it, growing, evolving, adapting, and moving forward. Humanity is a lost cause. It's seriously time for our extinction event. How many thousands of years have had to get a clue? We are the only species that harms our own kind for pleasure and profit. We are the only species that fouls our nest (there is no planet B, people). I love Seattle (just like I love New York and I love Portland) but the prevalence of white supremacist racism, misogyny, and classism in these places is just as bad as it is in the flyover states, it's just dressed up differently and fiercely denied.