The "Hate Crimes" law makes it a more punishable crime to punch someone in the face if they happen to be a member of a group that you have stated you don't like than punching someone else. So far as I'm concerned, that is punishing the thought and speech indicating that there is a group of people you dislike or disagree with. Both assaults should be treated equally.
The "Equal Employment Opportunity" laws make it illegal for me to state that I only want to hire individuals of a certain group for a position.
In both cases my ability to speak and act on my personal views (speech) are restricted or used against me by the Government.