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Tampa strip club manager claims he was fired over owner’s racism

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In 2013, Michael Steven Schiele was working as general manager at a Tampa strip club owned by Southeast Showclubs LLC. During that time, Schiele, a 33-year-old Tampa resident and self-proclaimed disc jockey and comedian, alleges Southeast’s owner, Michael Tomkovich, 51, engaged in consistently racist behavior toward staff. Schiele claims Tomkovich instructed him to actively “thin the herd” of black employees, forcing him to apply different rules to black dancers than their white counterparts. Schiele refused. In another example, after Schiele…

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