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Violation Tracker Current Parent Company Summary

Current Parent Company Name: Costco
Ownership Structure: publicly traded (ticker symbol COST)
Headquartered in: Washington
Major Industry: retailing
Specific Industry: retail
Penalty total since 2000$89,278,147
Number of records: 95
Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
employment-related offenses$62,922,42615
healthcare-related offenses$11,750,0001
consumer-protection-related offenses$7,283,0045
environment-related offenses$6,765,25730
safety-related offenses$557,46044
Top 5 Primary Offense TypesPenalty TotalNumber of Records
wage and hour violation$36,898,4679
employment discrimination$13,333,9593
Controlled Substances Act violation$11,750,0001
benefit plan administrator violation$10,200,0002
consumer protection violation$7,278,0044
Notes: Parent-subsidiary linkages are based on relationships current as of the latest revision listed in the Update Log, which may vary from what was the case when a violation occurred. The penalty totals are adjusted to account for the fact that the individual entries below may include both agency records and settlement announcements for the same case; or else a penalty covering multiple locations may be listed in the individual records for each of the facilities. The totals are also adjusted to reflect cases in which federal and state or local agencies cooperated and issued separate announcements of the outcome. Duplicate or overlapping penalty amounts are marked with an asterisk in the list below.

Links: Subsidy Tracker data on financial assistance to this company by federal, state and local government agencies can be found here.

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CompanyPrimary Offense TypeYear sort iconAgencyPenalty Amount
Costco Wholesalesair pollution violation2000CA-SCAQMD$75,000
Costco Wholesaleair pollution violation2001CA-SCAQMD$80,000
COSTCO DEPOTSworkplace safety or health violation2001OSHA$6,300
COSTCOair pollution violation2002CA-ARB$27,300
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2003EPA$16,844
Costco Wholesale Corportationenvironmental violation2003EPA$52,646
Costco Wholesale Corporationwage and hour violation2004WHD$116,068
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2004OSHA$5,300
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2004EPA$5,000
Costco Wholesalewage and hour violation2005WHD$292,791
Costco Wholesaleemployment discrimination2005private lawsuit-federal$200,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2005OSHA$7,700
COSTCO WHOLESALE, INC./MONROE WET DEPOT #265workplace safety or health violation2006OSHA$8,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation (Hawaii)drinking water violation2006EPA$75,000
Costcowage and hour violation2007private lawsuit-federal$7,500,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation # 686air pollution violation2007CA-SCAQMD$188,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2007OSHA$5,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationwage and hour violation2008WHD$49,608
Costco Wholesale Corp.air pollution violation2008CA-ARB$40,200
Costco Wholesale Corporationair pollution violation2008CA-SCAQMD$5,720
Costcowage and hour violation2009private lawsuit-state$16,000,000
Costco Wholesale Corp.air pollution violation2009CA-SCAQMD$15,000
Costcowage and hour violation2010private lawsuit-federal$440,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2010OSHA$18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2010OSHA$5,200
COSTCO WHOLESALEaviation safety violation2012FAA$24,000
Costco Wholesale Corp.hazardous waste violation2012CA-MULTI$3,600,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2012OSHA$18,850
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2012OSHA$18,450
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2013OSHA$18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2013OSHA$6,300
Costco Wholesale Corporationair pollution violation2014EPA$2,335,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEaviation safety violation2014FAA$18,000
Costco Wholesaleemployment discrimination2014private lawsuit-federal$12,883,959
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPworkplace safety or health violation2014OSHA$5,060
Costcoair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $15,665
Costco Wholesale Corporationair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $31,331
COSTCO WHOLESALEair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $27,716
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $37,356
(COSTCO) BALD RIDGE MARINA ROAD OFFSITE MASS GRADINGwater pollution violation2014EPA$110,253
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $31,331
Costcoair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $10,845
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $8,435
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONair pollution violation2014EPA$18,076
Costcoair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $109,658
Costcoair pollution violation2014EPA(*)Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting. $44,586
Costco Wholesale Corp.insurance violation2015CA-MHC$5,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE #306hazardous waste violation2015NJ-ENV$50,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2015OSHA$21,750
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONwater pollution violation2015EPA$20,660
Costco Wholesale Inc.employment discrimination2016EEOC$250,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationsolid waste violation2016HI-ENV$15,998
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2016OSHA$5,400
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2016OSHA$23,785
Costco WholesaleControlled Substances Act violation2017DEA$11,750,000
Costcowage and hour violation2017private lawsuit-federal$2,000,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationconsumer protection violation2017private lawsuit-federal$775,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2017OSHA$7,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2017OSHA$6,800
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPworkplace safety or health violation2017OSHA$9,000
Costcowage and hour violation2018private lawsuit-state$1,500,000
Costco Wholesale, Corp.consumer protection violation2018CPSC$3,850,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationwage and hour violation2018private lawsuit-federal$9,000,000
Costco Wholesale Corp.employment screening violation2018private lawsuit-state$2,490,000
Costco Wholesale Corp.consumer protection violation2018CA-MULTI$250,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$8,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$5,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONenvironmental violation2019MA-ENV$5,160
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2019TX-ENV$16,800
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$7,385
INNOVEL SOLUTIONS, INC.workplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$29,794
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$7,650
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$6,038
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$7,160
Costco Wholesale Corporationair pollution violation2020CT-ENV$12,600
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2020OSHA$18,850
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPworkplace safety or health violation2020OSHA$18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2020OSHA$6,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2021OSHA$15,701
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2021OSHA$9,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationbenefit plan administrator violation2022private lawsuit-federal$5,100,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationbenefit plan administrator violation2022private lawsuit-federal$5,100,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2022OSHA$14,502
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2022OSHA$6,300
COSTCO BUSINESS CENTERworkplace safety or health violation2022OSHA$10,865
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2022OSHA$27,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2022OSHA$6,600
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP #781workplace safety or health violation2022OSHA$7,905
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2023OSHA$25,500
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2023OSHA$19,630
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2023OSHA$6,685
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2023OSHA$24,500
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2023OSHA$13,500
Costco Wholesale Corporationconsumer protection violation2024private lawsuit-federal$2,403,004
(*): Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting.