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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

Chipotle Prices Are About To Go Up

(265) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Your favorite Chipotle meal is about to get more expensive, but the chain’s executives are confident that your burrito addiction will keep you coming back for more.

The company announced on its first-quarter earnings call Thursday that prices for all its menu items will go up for the...

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America's Picky Eaters Are Overhauling The Restaurant Industry

(203) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 7:25 AM

In Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich's vision of the future, every restaurant could have "a different menu for every person."

Shaich's chain and others are bringing his vision closer to reality, making it easier for diners to order exactly to their preferences instead of picking from a rigid set...

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How Wall Street's Life-Ruining Work Habits Hurt All Of Us

(93) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 7:00 PM

You might feel no sympathy for young bankers and the punishing hours they work. But you might want to pay attention, because their bad work habits could be contagious.

When bankers leave Wall Street mid-career for new gigs in consulting, media or other industries, they often take their taxing work...

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The Dark Truth About Passover

(224) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Starting Monday at sundown, Jews across America will sit down to their Seders and revel in their liberation from Egyptian pharaohs thousands of years ago. But for the past several decades, celebrating Passover has often meant submitting to a different overlord: people looking to make a buck.

There are at...

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Ex-Taco Bell Interns Claim They Invented The Doritos Taco -- And Have Pictures To Prove It

(351) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:59 AM

Andrea Watt came up with a billion-dollar idea when she was just 20 years old, and she wouldn’t mind at least getting a little credit.

During a summer internship in 1995, Watt and three other college students pitched the idea of a Doritos-shell taco to Taco Bell executives as...

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WSJ Op-Ed Page Not Too Sure About This 'So-Called Gender Wage Gap'

(723) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:30 AM

There is a very real gulf between how much money women and men make. That gender wage gap cannot be argued away.

Yet conservative economists keep trying.

On Tuesday in a WSJ op-ed called “The 77 Cents on the Dollar Myth of Women’s Pay,”...

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Buying Your Lunch Is A Terrible Idea. The End. No More Debates

(417) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Most days of the week I eat what is known colloquially as a "sad desk lunch."

Typically it includes some turkey slices and spinach sandwiched between two pieces of bread slathered with mayonnaise. There is also usually an apple and sometimes cheese and crackers or chips.

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Taco Bell President May Not Know What 4/20 Is, But He Knows What The Kids Like

(47) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:10 PM

Taco Bell President Brian Niccol may claim he doesn’t know what 4/20 is, but that doesn’t mean he’s naive about his brand’s reputation.

After all, Taco Bell may be best known for things like the “fourth meal” -- aka an extra meal at post-pot o’clock -- and...

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Corporate America's Long, Dark History Of Evangelizing At Work

(1558) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Hobby Lobby's overt Christianity shocked Charity Carney when she started working at a Texas outpost of the crafts chain a few years ago. Most staff meetings began with a prayer, Carney learned. You could always find a Bible in the break room, she said.

“It was just assumed that you...

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I Backed Oculus Rift On Kickstarter And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

(95) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 9:18 AM

The earliest backers of Oculus VR, the virtual reality company Facebook is buying for $2 billion, are learning one of life’s important lessons the hard way: The little guys rarely win.

Since August 2012, nearly 10,000 people have donated money to Oculus VR via Kickstarter....

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Fast Food Managers Prefer 'Stature' To Overtime Pay, Wealthy CEO Says

(345) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Fast food CEO Andy Puzder took to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal Tuesday to rip into a White House proposal to raise the wages of low-paid managers who work unpaid overtime hours.

Earlier this month, Obama directed Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to find a...

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2 Reasons Red Lobster Is In Big Trouble

(254) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Red Lobster has two problems: One big, one small.

Red Lobster sales fell 8.8 percent from a year ago in its latest quarter, parent company Darden Restaurants said Friday. The restaurant chain is suffering from price swings in two of its signature offerings: Shrimp and, you guessed...

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Time Warner Cable CEO May Score $80 Million For Losing Job In Comcast Deal

(63) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:19 AM

The CEO of Time Warner Cable could get nearly $80 million just for losing his job.

If Robert Marcus is forced out of the company after Comcast takes it over, he will likely walk away with a $79.8 million “golden parachute,” according to Comcast company filings released...

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CVS Sued Over Controversial Wellness Program

(426) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 8:05 AM

A CVS employee is suing the pharmacy chain over its controversial health-screening program.

CVS cashier Roberta Watterson claims the company made her disclose personal information, including her weight and level of sexual activity, threatening to charge her $600 a year if she refused.

CVS' so-called "wellness...

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Texas, Arizona Beg Tesla To Build Factories While Banning It From Selling Cars

(196) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Lawmakers in two states where Tesla can’t sell its cars are hoping the company will bring them thousands of jobs anyway.

Texas and Arizona are each competing to be the future home of a new lithium-ion battery factory that Tesla estimates could create 6,500 jobs. These states...

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A Simple Way To Raise Women's Wages Without 'Leaning In'

(35) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 8:43 AM

If we're going to close the pay gap between women and men, we could start by raising wages and curbing inequality for everyone.

That's the upshot of a new study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a non-profit research group. Women earned just 82.1 percent of men...

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Sorry, Libertarians: Only The Government Can Stop The Internet From Killing Jobs

(55) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 7:44 AM

The U.S. economy has a technology problem, and it could use an intervention.

Every major wave of "disruptive" technology that has hit the economy since the 19th century has put millions of people at risk of permanent unemployment. The U.S. government has intervened to help in all but one of...

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How Subway Toasted Quiznos In The Sandwich Wars

(111) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:59 PM

You can toast them, dress them up with pesto or lobster, and even use strange rodents to advertise them, but it turns out that all most people want from a sandwich is to know that it's healthy and cheap.

The bankruptcy filing of Quiznos, announced on...

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Chris Christie's Administration Outraged Both Liberals And Conservatives With This 1 Move

(1552) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:26 PM

As if Bridgegate wasn’t enough, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration just made one move that's angered both the right and the left: Essentially banning beloved electric-car maker Tesla from the Garden state.

New Jersey motor vehicle officials approved a rule Tuesday that would require all car companies...

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Obama Can Give 10 Million Workers A Raise Without Even Asking Congress

(1350) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:54 PM

If President Barack Obama goes through with a reported proposal to expand overtime protections, he could end up giving 10 million workers a raise.

Obama will direct the Secretary of Labor as early as Thursday to overhaul the rules governing overtime pay for workers who are considered...

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