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History is replete with manifestations of discrimination against handicapped individuals. Employment opportunity is one major aspect of society in which the handicapped individual is often the target of discriminatory practices. Such treatment is premised upon the erroneous assumption that employing handicapped persons will hinder production and escalate workmen's compensation rates.

Congress, in recognition of the approximately thirty-five million Americans with mental and physical disabilities, has expressed its intent to assure that handicapped persons gain independence and dignity through initiating policies which will extend equal employment opportunities to those individuals. Notwithstanding this expression of congressional concern, proposals to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include the handicapped as a class protected from discrimination in private employment have never gained sufficient support for passage.

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