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Jillian Berman
Jillian Berman is a Business Reporter at The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Bloomberg and Xconomy. She can be reached at 212 402 4771 or

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McDonald's Fired Mom Whose Daughter Played Outside While She Worked, Lawyer Alleges (UPDATE)

(246) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Debra Harrell, the South Carolina woman who was arrested after her 9-year-old daughter was found playing alone outside while she was at work, has been fired from her job at McDonald's, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

"She is currently unemployed,” Harrell’s attorney Robert Phillips told The Huffington Post,...

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People Still Flocking To Chipotle Despite Higher Burrito Prices

(16) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Higher prices aren’t enough to keep burrito lovers away from Chipotle.

The Denver-based chain reported a 25-percent jump in profit in the second quarter from the same time a year ago. Same-store sales -- a closely watched retail metric tracking sales of stores open more than a...

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Even Companies That Sell Tampons Are Run By Men

(89) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:10 AM

A shot from a recent ad mocking ridiculous tampon commercials.
Most women would rather not discuss the intricacies of their period with a man. Most men seem fine with that.

Yet, until just five years ago, it was up to...

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Corporate America's Staggering Sexism, In 1 Chart

(40) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:08 PM

There is an alarming dearth of women at the top of America’s biggest companies -- even at companies that make things like lipstick and tampons, as the graphic below illustrates:

Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.

Companies often claim...

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Want To Fix Social Security? Start With Giving Women Equal Pay

(106) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Closing the gender pay gap would do more than just help working women: It could also help shore up the nation’s finances, a new study suggests.

Making sure women earn equal pay for equal work could trim Social Security’s long-term shortfall by up to a third, according...

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Thank Unions For Stopping The Scheme To Replace The Post Office With Staples

(130) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Staples won't be replacing the post office anytime soon thanks to what some are calling a rare victory for unions -- and what one Staples executive claims is a win for the company and its customers

The office supply chain and the U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that...

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At This Rate, Women Won't Make As Much As Men For At Least 75 Years

(82) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:49 AM

Working women likely won’t have pay equality with men in their lifetimes. Neither will their daughters.

That’s one of the many depressing findings in a report out Monday from Oxfam on the state of gender equality around the world. If the gap between men's and women's earnings...

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How Inequality Is Hurting Whole Foods

(170) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:45 AM

After popularizing luxury groceries for the well-off, Whole Foods is trying to take the concept to the masses. But amid growing inequality and a sluggish recovery, those masses have gone missing.

That could spell trouble for the Austin, Texas-based grocer. Investors have doubts about whether the company can...

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Millionaire Fast-Food CEO: Higher Minimum Wage Hurts Us All

(2093) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 11:47 AM

One fast-food CEO has a message for the workers toiling away in his industry: The minimum wage hike you’ve been clamoring for will only hurt you.

The consequences of raising the minimum wage include more youth unemployment, higher prices and increased automation, says Andy Puzder, the head of CKE...

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How Partisan Battles Over God, Guns And Gays Infiltrated Corporate America

(287) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 7:30 AM

The gulf between Democrats and Republicans is wider than ever, and this partisan divide is spilling over into the nation's largest and most prominent stores and restaurants.

Somehow, our favorite stores have become political battlegrounds.

In recent years, companies and their customers have increasingly aligned themselves on either...

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The Hobby Lobby Decision Could Affect Millions Of Workers

(30) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 4:01 PM

The Supreme Court claimed its decision giving Hobby Lobby the right to deny insurance coverage of birth control was relatively narrow -- but it could potentially affect tens of millions of American workers.

The high court limited its 5-4 ruling to corporations that are "closely held," a

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When Being A Stay-At-Home Mom Isn't A Choice

(241) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Today's stay-at-home moms are often portrayed as modern-day June Cleavers decked out in head-to-toe Lululemon, shepherding their kids from school to soccer practice and back home for an organic home-cooked meal. They've chosen to step away from the workforce to care for their children.

Yet for a growing number of...

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Why We Hire Women And Minorities To Clean Up Our Messes

(6) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 3:41 PM

What do President Barack Obama and General Motors CEO Mary Barra have in common? They’re both prominent examples of our tendency to push minorities into leadership positions in times of crisis.

This phenomenon, known as the “glass cliff,” is real, according to a study by Christy Glass...

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Olive Garden Is Evidence Of A Huge Problem In The Economy

(881) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 11:14 AM

One restaurant operator has just given us a small window into a huge problem with the American economy.

Darden Restaurants, the Orlando-based purveyor of sit-down food chains, announced its fourth-quarter earnings on Friday, revealing that some of its restaurants have done much better than others in the...

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If Women Want Better Pay, They Should Support Unions

(18) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:46 PM

The decline of unions has been bad for all workers hoping to join the middle class, but it has been especially terrible for women trying to keep up with men in any class.

Unions can be a useful tool for narrowing the gap between women and men...

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There's Never Been A Trademark As Offensive As Redskins

(112) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:10 PM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is clearly not a big fan of the Washington Redskins.

The normally sleepy U.S. Trademark Trial And Appeal Board, an arm of the PTO, made headlines on Wednesday when it canceled six trademarks registered by the team. Only twice on record has...

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: Obamacare Is A 'Net Positive'

(188) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:51 PM

Despite its disastrous rollout, Obamacare has been a good thing overall, according to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

“I think it’s a net positive,” Schultz said Tuesday of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “Millions of Americans have health insurance today. Companies that did not pay for health insurance are...

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How Moms Became A Force Corporate America Can't Ignore

(10) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 8:04 AM

The message from Beyonce and other outspoken feminists is clear. Women today can be, and do, just about anything. Yet when it comes to social activism, there's one role that women are increasingly falling back on: Mother.

In recent months, a women's gun control group called Moms Demand Action for...

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Walmart Counters Harsh Criticism With Robin Thicke Performance

(10) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 1:05 PM

There was one moment at Walmart's shareholders meeting Friday that perhaps best captured the tension between the image the company tries to project and the criticisms its detractors level against it.

That moment involved Robin Thicke.

The pop star came onstage immediately after Walmart execs faced some...

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How Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Walmart Executives' Paychecks

(60) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:15 PM

While Walmart customers suffer from government belt-tightening, Walmart executives thrive on government tax breaks. It's good to be rich.

Over the past six years, Walmart has cut its tax bill by $104 million thanks to a loophole in the corporate tax code that lets companies deduct the...

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