WALDOBORO — The Maine Human Rights Commission has ruled that a real estate management company did not do enough to stop the harassment of a gay couple living in a Waldoboro apartment complex it owned.

Realty Resources Management sent a short note to tenants after Joseph Bonnadio II and William Paquet complained in January 2009 that they were being subjected to slurs and told “their kind did not belong” by other residents.

The Bangor Daily News reports the commission ruled 3-1 Monday that the note was not enough, and the Rockport-based management company should have done more.

The commissioners voted to find reasonable grounds that unlawful discrimination occurred.

The next step is for the parties to try to reach a settlement. If that fails, legal action is an option.


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