SANTA CRUZ - Attorneys were unable to reach a settlement this week in a case involving alleged labor violations at the Brookdale Inn and Spa, and the matter is now headed for trial in March, court records showed.
Oswaldo Cabello Martinez worked for the Brookdale Inn's owners, Sanjiv and Neelam Kakkar, from September 2007 to August 2009, performing maintenance, repairs and other duties. In April 2010, he sued the Kakkars for wrongful termination and a litany of other alleged labor law violations.
Martinez's suit also accuses the Kakkars of underpaying him, failing to provide him with the proper tools for the work required of him, and failing to give him the legally required meal and rest breaks, among other complaints.
Attorneys on both sides met with the Kakkara and Martinez in Santa Cruz County Judge John Gallagher's courtroom Monday and Tuesday to discuss a possible settlement, but negotiations stalled. A new trial date is set for March.
The Kakkars also have a pending criminal case for alleged workers' compensation fraud, which is slated for trial on April 8.