Violation Tracker Parent Company Summary

Parent Company Name: 
Costco
Ownership Structure: 
publicly traded (ticker symbol COST)
Headquartered in: 
Washington
Major Industry: 
retailing
Specific Industry: 
retail
Penalty total since 2000: 
$76,291,522
Number of records: 
74
Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
employment-related offenses$53,655,60414
healthcare-related offenses$11,750,0001
environment-related offenses$6,401,53725
consumer-protection-related offenses$4,105,0003
safety-related offenses$379,38131
Top 5 Primary Offense TypesPenalty TotalNumber of Records
wage and hour violation$36,898,4679
employment discrimination$14,267,1374
Controlled Substances Act violation$11,750,0001
environmental violation$6,401,53725
consumer protection violation$4,100,0002
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.


Individual Penalty Records:

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Company Primary Offense Type Year Agency Penalty Amountsort icon
Costco wage and hour violation 2009 private lawsuit-state $16,000,000
Costco Wholesale employment discrimination 2014 private lawsuit-federal $12,883,959
Costco Wholesale Controlled Substances Act violation 2017 DEA $11,750,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation wage and hour violation 2018 private lawsuit-federal $9,000,000
Costco wage and hour violation 2007 private lawsuit-federal $7,500,000
Costco Wholesale, Corp. consumer protection violation 2018 CPSC $3,850,000
Costco Wholesale Corp. environmental violation 2012 CA-MULTI $3,600,000
Costco Wholesale Corp. employment screening violation 2018 private lawsuit-state $2,490,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation environmental violation 2014 EPA $2,335,000
Costco wage and hour violation 2017 private lawsuit-federal $2,000,000
Costco wage and hour violation 2018 private lawsuit-state $1,500,000
Costco Wholesale employment discrimination 2009 private lawsuit-state $933,178
Costco wage and hour violation 2010 private lawsuit-federal $440,000
Costco Wholesale wage and hour violation 2005 WHD $292,791
Costco Wholesale Inc. employment discrimination 2016 EEOC $250,000
Costco Wholesale Corp. consumer protection violation 2018 CA-MULTI $250,000
Costco Wholesale employment discrimination 2005 private lawsuit-federal $200,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation wage and hour violation 2004 WHD $116,068
(COSTCO) BALD RIDGE MARINA ROAD OFFSITE MASS GRADING environmental violation 2014 EPA $110,253
Costco environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $109,658
Costco Wholesale Corporation (Hawaii) environmental violation 2006 EPA $75,000
Costco Wholesale Corportation environmental violation 2003 EPA $52,646
COSTCO WHOLESALE #306 environmental violation 2015 NJ-ENV $50,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation wage and hour violation 2008 WHD $49,608
Costco environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $44,586
Costco Wholesale Corp. environmental violation 2008 CA-ARB $40,200
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $37,356
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP workplace safety or health violation 2020 OSHA $36,635
Costco Wholesale Corporation environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $31,331
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $31,331
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2020 OSHA $28,850
COSTCO WHOLESALE environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $27,716
COSTCO environmental violation 2002 CA-ARB $27,300
COSTCO WHOLESALE aviation safety violation 2012 FAA $24,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE workplace safety or health violation 2016 OSHA $23,785
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2018 OSHA $22,500
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2015 OSHA $21,750
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION environmental violation 2015 EPA $20,660
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2012 OSHA $18,850
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2012 OSHA $18,450
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION environmental violation 2014 EPA $18,076
COSTCO WHOLESALE aviation safety violation 2014 FAA $18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2010 OSHA $18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2013 OSHA $18,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation environmental violation 2003 EPA $16,844
Costco Wholesale Corporation environmental violation 2019 TX-ENV $16,800
Costco Wholesale Corporation environmental violation 2016 HI-ENV $15,998
Costco environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $15,665
Costco Wholesale Corporation environmental violation 2020 CT-ENV $12,600
Costco environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $10,845
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP workplace safety or health violation 2017 OSHA $9,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION environmental violation 2014 EPA (*) $8,435
COSTCO WHOLESALE, INC./MONROE WET DEPOT #265 workplace safety or health violation 2006 OSHA $8,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2018 OSHA $8,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE workplace safety or health violation 2005 OSHA $7,700
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2019 OSHA $7,650
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2019 OSHA $7,385
COSTCO WHOLESALE workplace safety or health violation 2019 OSHA $7,160
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2017 OSHA $7,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2017 OSHA $6,800
COSTCO DEPOTS workplace safety or health violation 2001 OSHA $6,300
COSTCO WHOLESALE workplace safety or health violation 2013 OSHA $6,300
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2020 OSHA $6,268
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2019 OSHA $6,038
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2020 OSHA $6,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE workplace safety or health violation 2016 OSHA $5,400
COSTCO WHOLESALE workplace safety or health violation 2004 OSHA $5,300
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2010 OSHA $5,200
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION environmental violation 2019 MA-ENV $5,160
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP workplace safety or health violation 2014 OSHA $5,060
Costco Wholesale Corp. insurance violation 2015 CA-MHC $5,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE workplace safety or health violation 2007 OSHA $5,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION workplace safety or health violation 2018 OSHA $5,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation environmental violation 2004 EPA $5,000
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