Generally, there are two kinds of sexual harassment, and an effective policy should cover both.
The first, “quid pro quo” harassment, involves an employer asking an employee for a sexual favor in exchange for a promotion or benefit.
The second, “hostile work environment,” is where things get trickier. This can include sexual jokes, unwelcome sexual advances or inappropriate comments or actions.
This kind of harassment can be subtle, and employees may not be aware that they are making their co-workers feel uncomfortable or unsafe, so it’s essential for your policy to provide clear definitions.
It’s also helpful to include examples of behavior and emphasize that harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.