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Clearwater strip club ordered to pay $365,000 for firing black bartender

A Clearwater strip club and its parent company have been ordered to pay $365,000 in damages based on allegations that its owner fired a bartender because she was black.

Bliss Cabaret and its successor corporation, Executive Gentleman's Club, fired Quatavia Harden because owner Michael Tomkovich "did not want a black bartender working at the club," according to a news release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The manager who hired Harden, Patrick Franke, was suspended and fired after he "refused to participate in the discriminatory conduct," the release states.

After a complaint was filed, the EEOC added Southeast Showclubs LLC, the parent company, as a defendant. Tomkovich owns a chain of adult clubs that he operates throughout Florida through the company.

EEOC officials said the defendants didn't respond to the EEOC's allegations. A judge entered a default judgment against them on Tuesday.

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