The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an advisory to all local government agencies saying there is no place for racism in the work environment.
The advisory, released Thursday, came as a response to a lawsuit brought by a black employee who was fired after he refused to remove his shirt.
The agency said the incident is part of a broader trend of discrimination against minorities.
The guidance comes after the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a law that banned discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community in hiring and in other ways.
The Supreme Court ruled in June that such a law violated the U.S. Constitution.
In a written statement, the agency said it is a state agency that does not endorse political parties, political ideologies or political candidates.
The statement said it has a mission to “preserve the environment and its essential functions for future generations.”