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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

Entries by Jillian Berman

Huge, Terrible Menus Are Hurting McDonald's And Olive Garden

(129) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:01 AM

The days of a restaurant menu that reads more like a chapter book may soon be coming to an end.

As foodie-ism invades American culture, diners are looking for restaurants that excel at one thing instead of offering dozens of mediocre dishes. Fast-casual chains like Chipotle and...

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Olive Garden Defends Unlimited Breadsticks, Because 'Italian Generosity'

(49) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Olive Garden has issued a strongly worded defense of its unlimited salad and breadsticks on Monday, because it had to.

In a 24-slide presentation published Monday, Darden, the owner of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and others, defended its Italian chain's breadstick and salad strategy, complicated...

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Olive Garden And Its Flavorless Pasta Get Ripped Apart In 294-Page Report

(281) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Thanks to a brewing battle between activist shareholders and Olive Garden’s parent company, we just got a little insight into what the world would be like if Wall Street investors moonlighted as food critics.

In a scathing 294-slide report aimed at convincing shareholders to sign on to...

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Crowdfunding Site GoFundMe Won't Let Crowds Fund Abortions

(141) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:52 PM

A crowdfunding site touted as "Kickstarter for the rest of us" has decided that the rest of us doesn't include people who are pro-abortion rights.

GoFundMe, a site that allows people to solicit money online for personal causes like medical bills, house repairs and scholarship funds,

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Walmart Workers Complain They Can't Afford New Dress Code

(1456) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Walmart workers are apparently not too happy about having Walmart tell them how to dress, and now labor activists are getting involved.

Richard Reynoso, a Walmart employee working in a southern California store, sent a letter to Walmart’s corporate headquarters on Monday, claiming that he couldn’t afford to comply with...

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McDonald's Has Its Worst Month In 10 Years. Again.

(448) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Ronald McDonald is having a second helping, and not the good kind.

McDonald’s reported Tuesday that global sales at stores open more than a year dropped 3.7 percent in August. That was the company’s worst month for what are known as "same-store sales," a key retail metric,...

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'$15 Could Change Everything': Hundreds Arrested As Fast-Food Workers Strike Nationwide

(1362) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:37 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About two dozen of this city's fast-food workers marched Thursday afternoon to a street corner that's home to a McDonald's, a Wendy's and a KFC. Calling for a living wage of $15, they seated themselves in the middle of a freeway entrance, backing up traffic as far...

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Demonstrators Arrested At Fast Food Protests In Cities Across The Country (PHOTOS)

(431) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Dozens of people participating in fast-food protests were arrested in New York, Chicago, Miami and other cities Thursday, according to police and organizers.

Fast-food workers and activists protested in more than 100 cities across the country demanding higher wages and better working conditions. The protests are the latest...

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Why This Week's Fast Food Protests Are 'History In The Making'

(48) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:43 AM

Fast-food workers are the public face of our part-time, low-wage economy. But when they protest on Thursday for higher wages and better conditions, they'll be joined by another group of workers who toil in obscurity.

Thousands of home-care workers -- people who take care of the elderly or disabled --...

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'Dollar' Stores Aren't Actually The Cheapest Stores

(10) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Just because a store has the word “dollar” in the name doesn’t mean it’s actually the cheapest place to shop.

A typical basket of goods at Walmart is about 4 percent cheaper than the same basket at Dollar General and about 12 percent cheaper than the same basket at...

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Dunkin' Donuts Worker's Death Reveals The True Cost Of Our Low-Wage, Part-Time Economy

(428) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:05 AM

A New Jersey woman died earlier this week trying to catch a few hours of sleep between jobs, a chilling reminder of the struggle low-wage workers, particularly women, face making ends meet.

Police found Maria Fernandes dead in her car on Monday night, parked in a convenience-store parking lot...

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Having A Bank Account Really Is Getting More Expensive

(23) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Banks fees are getting worse.

The availability of free checking accounts dropped to record low levels in the first half of the year, according to a report released this week by The percentage of checking accounts with no monthly maintenance fees fell to 28 percent, the lowest...

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You're Losing $18,000 A Year Because Of Income Inequality

(70) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM

The rich have gotten richer at the expense of the rest of us.

The rise in income inequality of the past few decades has taken money from the pockets of the lower and middle class and added it to the coffers of the rich, according to a new...

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Uber's Latest Cutthroat Business Tactic Might Actually Help Workers

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Uber has been at the center of many scandals, giving people plenty of reasons to be mad at it. But its latest scandal might be a reason to praise it.

The ride-sharing company's cutthroat business tactics are quickly becoming legendary, but its latest ploy just doesn't seem all that scandalous....

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Burger King Denies Deal Is About Taxes

(308) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:08 AM

For years, Burger King has tried to take down the Big Mac with the Whopper, its own version of a deluxe burger. Now the long-suffering fast-food chain is going after McDonald's with two arguably more timeless classics: coffee and doughnuts.

On Tuesday, Burger King announced it would buy Canadian...

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Burger King Fans Call For Boycott Over Tax Dodge

(1412) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 6:51 PM

NEW YORK -- Burger King is getting whopped over its plan to avoid U.S. taxes by fleeing to Canada.

People flooded the fast-food chain’s Facebook page on Monday with threats of a boycott after the company announced talks to merge with Canadian coffee and doughnut chain...

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Can This Guy Save McDonald's?

(135) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 10:27 AM

McDonald’s U.S. president is stepping down, a sign the chain may be getting more aggressive in its battle to stay relevant in its home country.

The fast food giant announced Friday that Mike Andres, 56, would replace McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton, who is retiring after serving...

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Sears Just Admitted Its Terrible Sales Are Unacceptable

(141) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:04 PM

The demise of one of America's iconic retailers isn't slowing down.

Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart, announced Thursday that it lost $573 million over the last three months -- the company’s 9th straight quarterly loss. Sales at stores open more than a year, an...

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The Future Of Fast Food Is A Quality Burger Served By A Worker Who Is Paid Well

(82) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:56 PM

When your grandchildren go out to lunch many years from now, they'll probably still be able to order fast-food burgers and fries, but the meal -- and the people serving it -- will likely be very different.

Decades ago, McDonald's was the quintessential American restaurant. Now, as

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Americans Are Too Afraid And Stressed To Take Days Off From Work

(242) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:30 AM

American workers are too scared to go on vacation.

About 40 percent of us don't plan on using all of our paid time off this year, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm. The survey...

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