One unfortunate thing that doesn’t often get brought up…bringing suit, publicly complaining, or even complaining in private can be a career ending or damaging act.
The startup community is small. Word gets around. And a simple google search can bring up any public information about lawsuits or public complaints.
If one brings up issues with a place of employment, they may be blacklisted as someone who’s “likely to sue” when seeking future jobs. Or as someone who’ll attempt to change a company culture.
Losses due to such blacklisting can far exceed any potential financial gain from some lawsuit, and after investing years or decades in building a career…well, risking that career is something to be very seriously considered. And it is very seriously considered when women bring up these issues.