Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Hollywood ReporterWith smartphones in every pocket, purse and cubicle in America, it's easier than ever to discreetly record a workplace conversation. AdvertisementBut for workers in 11 states — including California, Illinois and Florida — secretly recording a workplace conversation not only will not be admissible as evidence in a harassment lawsuit, but could land the accuser in jail. Kristin Case is an employment lawyer in Chicago, Illinois, which has one of the most restrictive statutes in America when it comes to recording workplace conversations. To record a conversation where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, you must get consent from the other person. Case, the Chicago attorney, says that a client disclosing the existence of a secret workplace recording is \"really disastrous\" for numerous reasons.