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One Hour Translation, Palo Alto, California, (September 2016) was sanctioned for multiple violations of tenets of the ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (CEPP). The member was found to have created a system that encouraged an adversarial relationship between translators and editors in violation of the fifth tenet of the CEPP. In addition, the member violated the third tenet of the CEPP by misrepresenting its qualifications and capabilities by falsely claiming that it could provide translations that are “approved by ATA – the American Translators Association”; that it systematically and automatically provided “Certificates of Accurate Translation” without any human review of the quality of a translation. The member was also found to have misused the ATA logo in connection with the certificates issued and the representation of its capabilities and qualifications in such a way that implied that translations had been completed by an ATA-certified translator and/or that ATA itself approved the translation. The member was suspended from ATA membership for one year for violation of the fifth tenet and for five years for violation of the third tenet, such suspensions to run concurrently (until November 11, 2021).

Following an appeal to the ATA Board of Directors, an individual member (July 2016) was privately censured for extremely unprofessional communication that had the potential to negatively effect the Association and misrepresentation of the member’s ATA membership. The individual’s actions violated the eighth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions”, and the third tenet “to represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities honestly.” The censure is for six months.

Able Translations Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (May 2016) was sanctioned for multiple complaints of non-payment. The company’s actions violated the sixth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others.”  The company also violated the eighth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions.” The company was suspended from being an ATA member until May 1, 2026.

A Corporate member, (May 2016) was censured for not abiding by its agreement with an interpreter. The company’s actions violated the sixth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others.”  The company also violated the eighth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions.”

Mohamad Anwar, St. Paul, Minnesota (September 2015) was sanctioned for falsifying his credentials (specifically his claim of having a PhD). His action violated the third tenet in the American Translators Association Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities honestly and to work always within them.” He is suspended from being an ATA member until September 15, 2020.

Edith Trenou, Snellville/Atlanta, Georgia (September 2014) had her previous sanction increased for violating the ban on holding ATA membership. She was found to have renewed her ATA membership through an alias. She is now suspended from being an ATA member until January 1, 2023.

Edith Trenou, Snellville/Atlanta, Georgia (November 2011) was sanctioned for her willful misconduct in repeatedly deceiving and not compensating independent contractors. Her actions violated the sixth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others.” She was suspended from being an ATA member until January 1, 2018.

These sanctions  are authorized in the ATA Bylaws, Article III, Section 6.a.2for conduct constituting: “Gross negligence or willful misconduct in the performance of professional services, or other unethical or unprofessional conduct based on demonstrable and serious violations of the ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.”

According to the ATA Bylaws, Article III, Section 6.b. Disciplinary Actions, "All disciplinary actions are taken pursuant to procedures adopted by the Board from time to time, which procedures may be amended only by a two-thirds vote of the Board." The procedures are addressed in the ATA Policy on Ethics Procedures (http://www.atanet.org/docs/p_dm_ethics.pdf).