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Violation Tracker Current Parent Company Summary

Current Parent Company Name: Southwest Airlines
Ownership Structure: publicly traded (ticker symbol LUV)
Headquartered in: Texas
Major Industry: airlines
Specific Industry: airlines
Penalty total since 2000$77,810,074
Number of records: 313
Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
safety-related offenses$52,536,138291
employment-related offenses$21,570,9034
consumer-protection-related offenses$3,670,00015
environment-related offenses$33,0333
Top 5 Primary Offense TypesPenalty TotalNumber of Records
aviation safety violation$52,314,925270
employment discrimination$20,555,0002
aviation consumer protection violation$3,670,00015
wage and hour violation$1,015,9032
workplace safety or health violation$221,21321
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.

For an overview of assistance this company is receiving under the CARES Act, see its Covid Stimulus Watch summary page here.

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CompanyPrimary Offense TypeYear sort icon . AgencyPenalty Amount
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES COaviation safety violation2017FAA$2,800,000
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES COaviation safety violation2017FAA$16,875
Southwest Airlinesaviation consumer protection violation2018ACPD$50,000
Southwest Airlinesemployment discrimination2018private lawsuit-federal$20,540,000
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.workplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$6,911
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.workplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$5,834
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.workplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$13,348
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES COworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$38,555
Southwest Airlinesaviation safety violation2020FAA$3,920,000
Southwest Airlineswage and hour violation2021NY-NYCDCWP$15,903
Southwest Airlinesemployment discrimination2021OFCCP$15,000
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES COaviation safety violation2021FAA$200,000
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.workplace safety or health violation2021OSHA$18,750
(*): Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting.