Chick-Fil-A location to pay employees $18 per hour

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A California Chick-Fil-A restaurant is boosting its employees' pay to $18 an hour in the hopes that the raise will improve their lives.

According to KXTV, current employees working as "hospitality professionals" making $12.50 to $13 per hour will see a wage increase to $17 to $18 per hour. They now make $12.50 to $13 an hour.

"We're looking for people trying to raise families", said restaurant owner Eric Mason.

As it stands, the minimum wage in California is $11/hour, and will increase almost $0.50/year until it reaches $15 by the year 2022.

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While some business experts may question the company's generosity towards its employees, Chick-Fil-A says it's the reason why it's so successful. Regardless of that mandate, Mason said this is something he would've done.

While the high hourly wages might be a challenge for the business, Mason feels it will be worth it when it has an impact on the community. You need people who've been in their job for a while. Digital food ordering may limit the number of people needed at the counter, but it shifts the demand for workers to food preparation in the back.

Still, many workers in the industry face low pay and little in the way of benefits, despite efforts like the Fight for $15 campaign, which has helped raise minimum wages in many states and cities. That really makes the biggest difference right?

There are more than 2,200 Chick-fil-A restaurants across the USA, majority owned by franchisees.