A black former research analyst in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has won a $2.5 million federal employment discrimination verdict in Miami against the agency.

Ulysses Hudson sued the government in 2001 alleging that his co-workers in customs enforcement made racial comments to him, put nails in his tires and treated him as less than an equal, which caused him to develop a disability. That disability, Hudson alleged, included depression, severe anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. He was terminated by the agency in February 2005.