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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$76,706,800
Number of records: 83
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$6,765,25730
consumer-protection-related offenses$4,105,0003
safety-related offenses$430,93935
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$6,765,25730
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.

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CompanyPrimary Offense TypeYearAgencyPenalty Amount sort icon
Costcowage and hour violation2009private lawsuit-state$16,000,000
Costco Wholesaleemployment discrimination2014private lawsuit-federal$12,883,959
Costco WholesaleControlled Substances Act violation2017DEA$11,750,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationwage and hour violation2018private lawsuit-federal$9,000,000
Costcowage and hour violation2007private lawsuit-federal$7,500,000
Costco Wholesale, Corp.consumer protection violation2018CPSC$3,850,000
Costco Wholesale Corp.environmental violation2012CA-MULTI$3,600,000
Costco Wholesale Corp.employment screening violation2018private lawsuit-state$2,490,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2014EPA$2,335,000
Costcowage and hour violation2017private lawsuit-federal$2,000,000
Costcowage and hour violation2018private lawsuit-state$1,500,000
Costco Wholesaleemployment discrimination2009private lawsuit-state$933,178
Costcowage and hour violation2010private lawsuit-federal$440,000
Costco Wholesalewage and hour violation2005WHD$292,791
Costco Wholesale Inc.employment discrimination2016EEOC$250,000
Costco Wholesale Corp.consumer protection violation2018CA-MULTI$250,000
Costco Wholesaleemployment discrimination2005private lawsuit-federal$200,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation # 686environmental violation2007CA-SCAQMD$188,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationwage and hour violation2004WHD$116,068
(COSTCO) BALD RIDGE MARINA ROAD OFFSITE MASS GRADINGenvironmental violation2014EPA$110,253
Costcoenvironmental 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
Costco Wholesaleenvironmental violation2001CA-SCAQMD$80,000
Costco Wholesalesenvironmental violation2000CA-SCAQMD$75,000
Costco Wholesale Corporation (Hawaii)environmental violation2006EPA$75,000
Costco Wholesale Corportationenvironmental violation2003EPA$52,646
COSTCO WHOLESALE #306environmental violation2015NJ-ENV$50,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationwage and hour violation2008WHD$49,608
Costcoenvironmental 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.environmental violation2008CA-ARB$40,200
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONenvironmental 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 WHOLESALE CORPworkplace safety or health violation2020OSHA$36,635
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental 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 WHOLESALE CORPORATIONenvironmental 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
INNOVEL SOLUTIONS, INC.workplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$29,794
COSTCO WHOLESALEenvironmental 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
COSTCOenvironmental violation2002CA-ARB$27,300
COSTCO WHOLESALEaviation safety violation2012FAA$24,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2016OSHA$23,785
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2015OSHA$21,750
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONenvironmental violation2015EPA$20,660
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2012OSHA$18,850
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2020OSHA$18,850
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2012OSHA$18,450
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONenvironmental violation2014EPA$18,076
COSTCO WHOLESALEaviation safety violation2014FAA$18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2010OSHA$18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2013OSHA$18,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$18,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2003EPA$16,844
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2019TX-ENV$16,800
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2016HI-ENV$15,998
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2021OSHA$15,701
Costcoenvironmental 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 Corp.environmental violation2009CA-SCAQMD$15,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2021OSHA$13,653
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2020CT-ENV$12,600
Costcoenvironmental 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 CORPworkplace safety or health violation2017OSHA$9,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONenvironmental 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, INC./MONROE WET DEPOT #265workplace safety or health violation2006OSHA$8,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$8,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2005OSHA$7,700
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$7,650
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$7,385
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$7,160
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2017OSHA$7,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2021OSHA$6,910
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2017OSHA$6,800
COSTCO DEPOTSworkplace safety or health violation2001OSHA$6,300
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2013OSHA$6,300
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2020OSHA$6,268
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2019OSHA$6,038
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2020OSHA$6,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2008CA-SCAQMD$5,720
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2016OSHA$5,400
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2004OSHA$5,300
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2010OSHA$5,200
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONenvironmental violation2019MA-ENV$5,160
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPworkplace safety or health violation2014OSHA$5,060
Costco Wholesale Corp.insurance violation2015CA-MHC$5,000
COSTCO WHOLESALEworkplace safety or health violation2007OSHA$5,000
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONworkplace safety or health violation2018OSHA$5,000
Costco Wholesale Corporationenvironmental violation2004EPA$5,000
(*): Penalty amounts marked by an asterisk are ones announced by more than one agency. Parent penalty totals are adjusted to avoid double-counting.