These sanctions are authorized in the ATA Bylaws, Article III, Section 6.a.2 for 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 on the Ethics Complaint Procedure.

Sanctioned members, and the tenets violated, but not the details comprising the violation(s) shall be identified by name for the period of the sanction. Once the sanction period expires, the name is removed.

  • Frank Li, Riveredge, New Jersey (April 2021) was sanctioned for violation of the first tenet of ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice; “to convey meaning between people and cultures faithfully, accurately, and impartially”; the second tenet: “to hold in confidence any privileged and/or confidential information entrusted to us in the course of our work”; the third tenet: “to represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities honestly and to work always within them”; the sixth tenet: “to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others”; and the eighth tenet: “to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions”. The sanction is a public censure and deactivation of Respondent's directory listing for one year.

 

  • Wagner Consulting, Ltd., New York, New York (December 15, 2020), also doing business as “Wagner Consulting International,” “Wagner Consulting LLC,” and “VIP Translators,” was sanctioned for violations of the third, sixth, seventh, and eighth tenets of ATA's Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics and was expelled from the Association. Further, the company, its owners/officers, and any commercial successors, affiliates, or subsidiaries are banned in perpetuity from membership in the American Translators Association. The company and its owners/officers, and any commercial successors, affiliates, or subsidiaries are also to be barred in perpetuity from the use of any ATA logos, references, or other intellectual property.

 

  • An individual member (April 2019) was sanctioned for violations to the sixth and eighth tenets of 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” and “to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions” respectively. The sanctions are public censure for twelve months, suspension of membership for 12 months, and deactivation of Respondent's directory listing for 12 months.

 

  • An individual member (July 2017) was censured privately for violation of the first tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to convey meaning between people and cultures faithfully, accurately, and impartially”. The member is also required to complete an interpreter ethics program.

 

  • An individual member (January 2017) was sanctioned for violation of the third tenet of ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, “to represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities honestly and to work always within them”. The member was publicly censured for a period of one year (until January 28, 2018) and the member's profile in the ATA online directory was deactivated for the same period.

 

  • One Hour Translation, Palo Alto, California, (September 2016) was sanctioned for multiple violations of tenets three and five of the ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (CEPP). 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).
  • An individual member (April 2021) was sanctioned for violation of the sixth tenet of 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 sanction is a public censure for six months.

 

  • Able Translations Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (May 2016) was sanctioned for multiple violations of 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 violating 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.”

 

  • An individual member (September 2015) was sanctioned for violating 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 is now suspended from being an ATA member until January 1, 2023.

 

  • Edith Trenou, Snellville/Atlanta, Georgia (November 2011) was sanctioned for repeated violations of 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.

Code of Ethics
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Ethics Complaint Procedure
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