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Violation Tracker Current Parent Company Summary

Current Parent Company Name: W.W. Grainger
Ownership Structure: publicly traded (ticker symbol GWW)
Headquartered in: Illinois
Major Industry: wholesalers
Specific Industry: wholesalers-industrial equipment
Penalty total since 2000$80,449,489
Number of records: 14
Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
government-contracting-related offenses$76,000,0002
employment-related offenses$3,465,0002
environment-related offenses$905,8764
safety-related offenses$66,6135
competition-related offenses$12,0001
Top 5 Primary Offense TypesPenalty TotalNumber of Records
False Claims Act and related$76,000,0002
wage and hour violation$3,465,0002
environmental violation$905,8764
workplace safety or health violation$41,6134
aviation safety violation$25,0001
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.

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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 TypeYearAgencyPenalty Amount sort icon .
W.W. Grainger Inc.False Claims Act and related2012DOJ_CIVIL$70,000,000
W.W. Grainger Inc.False Claims Act and related2008DOJ_CIVIL$6,000,000
W.W. Graingerwage and hour violation2014private lawsuit-federal$2,750,000
W.W. Graingerwage and hour violation2015private lawsuit-federal$715,000
W.W. Graingerenvironmental violation2016CA-DTSC$625,000
W.W. GRAINGER, INC.environmental violation2005EPA$177,156
W.W. Grainger, Inc.environmental violation2021CA-DPR$89,720
W.W. GRAINGER, INC.aviation safety violation2013FAA$25,000
W. W. GRAINGER, INC. DBA GRAINGER, INC.workplace safety or health violation2017OSHA$18,000
W.W. Grainger, Inc.environmental violation2021CA-ARB$14,000
W W Grainger Inc.export control violation2012BIS$12,000
W.W. GRAINGER INC.workplace safety or health violation2013OSHA$11,250
W.W. GRAINGER INC.workplace safety or health violation2017OSHA$7,243
W W GRAINGER INCworkplace safety or health violation2021OSHA$5,120
(*): Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting.