Is "economic status" on the list of protected groups? If it isn't, then, no, an attack based on your economic status is not a hate crime.<quoted text>
So if someone HATES me because of my economic status, and targets me because of that, it's not a hate crime?
Now, if a large enough group of people are being attacked because of their economic status--if they are being bullied, physically attacked, etc.(see the definition from the U.S. Dept. of Justice)--then they can attempt to have their status placed on the list of people who are prone to hate crimes.
It's a process. Surely, economically advantaged people would know how to work the system.
Also, it's often left up to a judge or jury to make a final call. If they believe there is evidence, I guess it's possible that they could determine that an attack based on "economic status" might be considered a hate crime.