New App Could Provide Workers With Safe Space to Report Harassment
Jeremy Light started his career in the restaurant world. He entered the restaurant industry after attending culinary school and later worked as a general manager, learning how to run a successful restaurant.
A longtime employment defense lawyer and her business partner are hoping to change the way employees and employers communicate via a third-party cellphone app, which launched on Jan. 29 and allows workers to confidentially report sexual harassment or other perceived problems in the workplace to management.
The app comes at a critical time for employers everywhere as the #MeToo movement stemming from the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal prompts companies to take a harder look at employee complaints and workplace policies. Kendr app co-founder Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP’s labor and employment practice group in Los Angeles, said, in light of the recent headlines about sexual harassment, she no longer needs to explain to others why the app is a necessary risk-management tool for businesses.
Kendr enables employees in any industry to send messages to their employers through the platform. Schroeder and co-founder Jeremy Light envision Kendr will increase communication while providing a safe space for employees to disclose — anonymously, if they choose — positive or negative situations in the workplace, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
After hearing employees say they were afraid to report misconduct, misplaced their handbooks or didn’t understand how to contact their human resources department, Schroeder decided to find a way to prevent what she called frivolous lawsuits. The partners first discussed the app for nearly a year before the first news story surfaced in October about sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein. Accusations against powerful men in various industries, including most recently casino mogul Steve Wynn, continue to dominate news headlines, which Schroeder said shows why the app has launched at a vital time.
-Guest post by Jeremy Light
Jeremy Light started his career in the restaurant world. He entered the restaurant industry after attending culinary school and later worked as a general manager, learning how to run a successful restaurant. In 2015 Jeremy was approached by a hospitality hiring platform that helps source, on-board and manage talent in the hospitality industry. Jeremy was hired to run the west coast market. In his 3 years he grew the employee marketplace from zero to over 75,000 in SoCal and brought 100’s of new clients to the platform. In 2017 Jeremy left to launch and run kendr full time.