Uber's CEO said Sunday he was ordering an investigation after a former employee published an account alleging sexual harassment and gender bias during her time at the company.
The account, published online by author and engineer Susan Fowler, begins with her joining Uber in November 2015, and claims there were multiple instances of managers and human resource representatives acting poorly.
Fowler's allegations, which CNBC has not been able to confirm, included:
CNBC could not immediately verify details of her story, but Uber CEO Travis Kalanick issued a comment on the matter:
"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber — and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."
Uber board member Arianna Huffington tweeted that she promised a "full investigation" with HR head Liane Hornsey, who joined the company in January, and asked people to email her directly:
Fowler's blog quickly attracted attention online. Including, notably, comments from early Uber investor Chris Sacca, who called Fowler's account "awful."