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.
"We're looking for people trying to raise families, improve their lifestyle", Mason told KXTV. In addition, he is giving supervisors paid time off and all employees paid sick leave.
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A marketing staffer reached at Mason's location said all questions were being referred to Chick-fil-A's corporate office.
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.
"I've found people are more motivated and respond better when you care about them", Kevin Moss, a Chick-fil-A manager of 20 years told Business Insider.
Mason said his decision to increase the minimum wage at his restaurant was a "big-picture and long-term" idea.